We are often asked if you are required to have an attorney when going through a divorce. The simple answer—no. However, there are several reasons that having a family law attorney is very beneficial. Consider these top five reasons to consult with a family law attorney if you are considering a separation or currently going through a divorce:
- You may fail to preserve your legal rights on your own. Legal proceedings regarding property, spousal support, child support, and custody are governed by rules of procedure, the rules of evidence, local court rules, and the North Carolina General Statutes. There are strict deadlines and pleading requirements when it comes to these issues. Failure to meet critical deadlines, or filing improper pleadings can irreparably damage your ability to obtain legal relief that you are entitled to, can leave money on the table, and can prevent you from maximizing the time you spend with your children.
- An attorney knows the law. An attorney knows your legal rights, including your rights when it comes to property division, spousal support, child custody, and child support. These issues are a big deal and impact your financial future and your relationship with your children. Additionally, if you consult with an attorney, you will receive legal advice that is tailored to you, a roadmap as to how to achieve your goals, and a reasonable indication of potential outcomes.
- If your spouse has an attorney and you don’t, then you are starting out at a significant disadvantage. Your former partner’s attorney has no duty to look out for your interest or protect your legal rights. Instead, they may try to take full advantage of your inexperience and lack of legal knowledge. You should consult with an attorney to make sure your rights are protected, that you are not being taken advantage of, and to help even your odds.
- An attorney can help you attain stability. When you separate, there is a great deal of uncertainty when it comes to finances and child custody. An attorney can help you negotiate and create a separation agreement. This is a legally enforceable contract that can address property, support, and custody during your period of separation. This can provide a great sense of certainty and stability for you and your children.
- You don’t have to go through this alone. You have enough on your plate, in coping with your feelings, helping your children attain some sense of normalcy, and adjusting to your new life. An attorney can do the heavy lifting when it comes to the legal process, giving you that time to focus on yourself and your children.
Let New Direction Family Law Assist You
You are not alone. If you are seeking a divorce, you need an attorney, and the attorneys at New Direction Family Law are here for you. With years of legal experience and a reputation of excellence, our team of family lawyers will fight for your legal rights. We will treat you with the respect you deserve and help you move forward. Our office serves clients in Wake, Johnston, Durham and surrounding counties. Call New Direction Family Law at (919) 719-3470 to schedule an appointment or visit us online at our website.