If your spouse has left you and you see no sign that he or she will return, it is time to hire a divorce attorney to protect your rights. A divorce is an extremely challenging process. Emotionally, it is similar to a death. If you are not grieving the loss of a relationship that was wonderful, you are likely grieving the loss of what could have been. Anyone experiencing a separation/divorce is likely to be emotionally vulnerable and emotionally exhausted. As the result of the emotional toll experienced, it is very difficult too make sound and rational decisions without the proper guidance and support. While your family and friends certainly want the best for you, sometimes it is even difficult for them to be objective about your circumstances. Many friends and family members will want to advise you and some may give you advice based on their own circumstances. Please keep in mind though, that no two separations/divorces are identical, any more than the underlying relationships were identical. You may believe that hiring a divorce attorney is an act of aggression but it is not. It is an act of self-protection. I tailor the process to best accomplish my client’s goals. My goal is not to throw fuel on the fire. This is your life that is in the balance. Fueling a fire and causing unnecessary antagonism does not benefit you.. If you unsure if you need an attorney, then the following 8 reasons will provide you with a better understanding as to why you should hire a divorce attorney.
- TO PROTECT YOUR BEST INTERESTS
Only your divorce attorney will have your best interests in mind. No matter how close you may be with your estranged spouse, at the end of the day, it all comes down to personal interests. A divorce attorney will ensure that you are protected throughout the divorce process. Without the proper knowledge of and experience in family law, you will unable to protect your best interests without an attorney. When you hire a divorce attorney, you have a professional and experienced person to represent you in family court. The attorney will keep your best interests in mind as they represent you.
- TO PROTECT YOUR CUSTODIAL RIGHTS
Custody of children is the most heated subject in a family court. For this reason, you need to ensure that you have a capable attorney representing you, to ensure that you receive the rights that you deserve as a parent. An experienced divorce lawyer will ensure that you are fully prepared to appear in Court. The attorney will discuss all the legal facts with you and help you gather the documents and witnesses necessary to prove your case. Custody cases require a great deal of work, both by the attorney and the client. Finally, a good attorney will help keep your focus on what is best for the children and not get caught up in proving who is right and who is wrong.
- TO HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND YOUR CASE
You need a reputable divorce attorney such as Eydie Tillman of the Tillman Law Firm, LLC in Edgefield, South Carolina. She and her staff will help you understand your case and walk you through the entire divorce process, so that you know what to expect. A divorce involves the completion of a great deal of paperwork. If those documents are improperly prepared, it can have a negative impact on the outcome of your case. This is one of the reasons that it is difficult to represent yourself in family court. The Court holds you to the same standards as a licensed attorney but, you don’t have the benefit of having had the required education.
- TO ENSURE FAIRNESS
Individual states have different rules regarding the division and allocation of marital property. There are numerous “fine points” involved in custody/visitation cases, as well as with the division of debts and assets. Frequently, these issues can be resolved by agreement and without the cost of a trial. An acceptable settlement is always the goal. It is always best for the client to have input in arriving at the final resolution, rather than leaving it in the hands of the Court. This is your life. These are your children. This is your marital property. These issues are too important not to try to reach an agreement.
- TO HELP SPEED UP THE PROCESS
A separation/divorce can take a long time to be settled. However, by arming yourself with a divorce attorney, you have access to the tools needed to better understand the process and know what is required. You can expect the separation/divorce to be settled much faster when you hire a good attorney. At the conclusion, you will be able to move on to a new chapter in your life.
- TO HELP YOU MAKE SOUND DECISIONS BASED ON OBJECTIVE FACTS RATHER THAN EMOTION.
A divorce is a difficult time. As I said earlier, you will feel overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted about everything in your life. Making good decisions under these conditions is almost impossible without the proper guidance. A good lawyer will help you through a potentially complicated process. Just knowing that you have a caring and competent attorney representing you will help to reduce this stress.
- TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SPOUSE
There is often a lot of resentment and hurt feeling between spouses during a divorce, making it very difficult to effectively communicate, especially if there are children involved. By allowing your attorney to manage this communication, at least until emotions are less raw, you will minimize the potentially negative and hurtful interactions that can further complicate the process.
- TO HELP YOU MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS
The adage that “the devil is in the details” is very accurate in the context of a separation/divorce. There are countless decisions that need to be made when a separation and divorce occur; many that would never occur to you without proper legal guidance. With the guidance of a good attorney, you will be guided through these decisions in a fashion that will seek to ensure the best possible outcome for you.