Divorce is costly. In an effort to save money, some people attempt to finalize matters on their own. The reality is that there are a number of serious complications that can arise while attempting to handle a divorce on your own. The following lists some of the important risks that can arise when trying to resolve a divorce without the guidance of an experienced divorce attorney.
Property Division is Final
After parties agree about how marital assets should be divided and a settlement agreement or court order is official, it is impossible to change the terms of property division. As a result, it is critical that a person makes sure he or she receives the necessary assets up front.
Attorneys understand the difference between marital and non-marital property, how items are appraised in a marriage, and how items are often divided.
While you might feel comfortable navigating these matters on your own, you will likely not be aware if you make a mistake. An attorney, however, has substantial experience navigating these issues and can make sure you obtain the results you deserve.
Lawyers Know the Ins and Outs of Georgia Family Law Courts
Some people who decide to navigate the divorce process on their own believe that if they make mistakes, a court will take pity on them. In reality, courts expect anyone who represents him or herself to follow the same rules and regulations that lawyers do.
Not to mention, there are some differences in Georgia family court procedure based on the county where a person files for divorce. An experienced family law attorney can make sure that you receive the best possible representation, no matter where you are.
Do-it-Yourself Divorce can Lose You Money
Cost is one of the primary reasons why people decide to navigate a divorce on their own. Failing to have an attorney, however, can up costing much more in the long run. Most people do not understand the numerous nuances of Georgia family law and without adequate assistance, they are likely to overlook important issues. If your former spouse has retained an attorney, deciding to proceed without one places you at a serious risk of undesirable consequences.
Lawyers are Affordable
Many people make small mistakes when filing for divorce on their own, which results in the end of the marriage being much more expensive than anticipated. This can be particularly frustrating when a person realizes that when a couple is capable of an amicable split, the fees charged by a family law attorney are often nominal.
Speak with an Experienced Georgia Divorce Lawyer
Courts in Georgia did not intend for divorces to be entirely do-it-yourself. People who choose to navigate the end of a marriage without an attorney face some substantial financial risks if they make a mistake. At a minimum, it is a wise idea to speak with a knowledgeable divorce attorney before a divorce begins. Contact Vayman & Teitelbaum, PC today to schedule a free initial consultation.