Filing for divorce is usually met with mixed emotions. Sometimes, the decision is mutual and other times it can be complicated. During this difficult time, however, you’ll need to decide whether hiring a professional divorce attorney is in your best interest, depending on your individual circumstance.
To help you get started, consider the following questions:
- Do you and your spouse have shared assets and/or debt?
- Do you and your spouse have children?
- Do you and your spouse mutually agree on proposed separation arrangements?
If your answer to questions 1 and 2 is “no” then you may not require a divorce lawyer. Instead, you may consider divorce mediation, which allows a third-party to help you and your spouse develop and negotiate an arrangement that is drafted and later approved by a judge. Further, if the answer to 1 and 2 is “no”, but your answer to question 3 is “yes” then you may be able to handle the divorce paperwork on your own. Check with your local courthouse or clerk’s office to identify the necessary paperwork. If you’re unsure, consult with an experienced divorce attorney to decide if their services are right for you.
In contrast, if you and your spouse have shared marital assets and/or a child together, it’s important that you meet with a divorce attorney, who is experienced in family law. Whenever children are involved, having a divorce lawyer there to guide and assist you through the divorce proceedings is essential to you and your child’s future.
At KTF Law Firm, our approach is to collaborate where possible and resolve divorce issues with minimal confrontation—especially when children are involved. Instead of manufacturing dissolutions through a template process or simply leaving a client with paperwork, we guide you through handling unique assets, debts, trust funds, and other factors that can complicate a divorce. We represent women, men, and children, who are experiencing times of change, with care and compassion. And we are well prepared to employ litigation to protect your interests and reach an ideal outcome.