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Ways a divorce attorney can offer more help than a website

Internet access from computers, tablets and smartphones, combined with the proliferation of do-it-yourself websites, may encourage some individuals to file for divorce on their own.

Our family law firm encourages our clients to get a jumpstart on the divorce process by documenting their various assets and positions on matters such as custody, support and property division. However, there are areas where an attorney is better situated to protect an individual’s interests during a divorce. Here are just a few examples:

When children are involved

When divorcing parents cannot agree on child custody, support and visitation arrangements, an attorney can provide the professional advocacy needed to navigate through emotionally charged waters. In that regard, our lawyers are experienced in providing calm advocacy, rather than aggressive litigation tactics that may only cause emotions to run higher.

When complicated assets must be divided

Some assets are complicated to divide during a divorce, such as pensions. Disputes over the value of certain assets may also require an attorney’s help.

In addition, a spouse may encounter resistance or delays even if a divorce decree assigned liability for an asset or a debt to the other spouse. Although the Internet may offer free access to divorce forms, an attorney that focuses on divorce and family law can provide counsel when things don’t go as planned. For example, a decree may assign a joint debt to only one spouse. Failing to comply with that order may subject an individual to contempt of court. An attorney can prepare that post-divorce motion, as well as provide counsel on how a former spouse can take protective steps, such as removing his or her name from former joint accounts. 

Source: FindLaw, “A Divorce Timeline,” copyright 2016, Thomson Reuters

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