Why Hire a Family Law Attorney
Unless you are one of the fortunate few to be separating and divorcing amicably with full agreements as to how you will share custody and visitation of your children, the amounts of child support and spousal support to be paid and for how long, if applicable, and how you will equitably divide all of your accumulated assets and debts, then the likelihood that a family law attorney will be needed is considerably high.
Going through the divorce process with the courts can add appreciably to your stress and frustration levels, which further adds to the considerable weight and burden you already carry when dealing with what can be the most important and emotional issues in your lives.
The court is guided and directed by rules both substantive and procedural which without a legal background will have you feeling like you’ve landed on some foreign planet. There is nothing worse that filling out a multiplicity of forms, paying your filing fees and then being told by the court that they can’t help you, not because your issues are not important, but because you did not fill one or more of the forms out correctly! When you are emotionally involved in matters, it sometimes gets difficult to "see the forest for the trees". Even highly educated family law attorneys when going through their own divorces will procure counsel to represent their interests. You are never the best one to plead your own case.
By having a good, confident family law attorney at your side, your stress levels would be reduced and he or she can act as a "sword and shield" on your behalf. This can alleviate your having to deal with an angry, unreasonable and overbearing spouse. Let them deal with your counsel.
Attorneys will know what legal arguments are relevant and determinative on any given issues and will not alienate the judge by focusing on matters that while maybe important to you, are not legally or factually persuasive. The attorneys know of the appropriate progression of issues to be tried and resolved before the court. These are all unknowns to you as litigants, unless you have a legal education and experience in this field.
There is no question that legal representation can be expensive and you should be concerned relative to the potential cost. However, try to remember that when dealing with what will be one of your life’s most personal challenges, that this is a poor time to choose to be "penny wise and dollar foolish". Most people will not get second chances if you don’t get it right the first time.