Divorce can be a complicated, time-consuming, and emotionally draining process. While it is not always necessary to hire a lawyer in a divorce case, it is often tremendously helpful—especially when there are children or significant assets involved. Here are five advantages to hiring a lawyer for your divorce that you should consider before proceeding without legal representation.

  1. A lawyer can help negotiate terms and settlement agreements. An experienced lawyer can help negotiate terms and settlements that are both reasonable and fair to all parties. Attorneys understand the law, know how to explain and communicate legal matters, and can draw on their experience of having handled similar cases in the past. A lawyer can also help you understand the legal issues involved in your case and offer helpful advice regarding what may be your best course of action.

  2. They can ensure you’re aware of your rights and responsibilities. During a divorce, it’s important to know what your rights and responsibilities are under the law. Your lawyer can provide you with legal advice and explain how the law applies to your situation. They will help you understand your rights so that you don’t leave money or assets on the table and make sure that any agreements you negotiate are in compliance with state laws.

  3. A lawyer can make sure all your paperwork is filed correctly and on time. When getting divorced, there are a number of forms and documents that you will need to submit to the court. This is true whether you are the party who initiated the divorce or the one responding to the divorce petition. A lawyer can help you complete all your paperwork and ensure it is filed in the correct manner before the deadline, so that the divorce can proceed smoothly and quickly.

  4. They can manage communication with all parties involved in the divorce process.  Handling communication with all parties throughout the divorce process can be overwhelming and tedious. An experienced lawyer can manage communications between you, your soon-to-be ex, lawyers for both sides and the court system. This ensures that no details are lost and everything goes as smoothly as possible. Your lawyer will also provide support during emotionally charged moments and act as an objective party to help resolve any disputes.

  5. Working with a lawyer reduces the amount of stress you may experience while sorting out the details of your divorce proceedings. Having the support of a professional to help guide you through an emotional process like a divorce can be invaluable. Working with an experienced lawyer can provide you with the reassurance that all details are being taken care of and handled in an appropriate manner. 

This blog does not constitute legal advice. For more information about hiring a lawyer when going through a divorce in Texas, contact Sandoval Family Law today. We serve the greater Austin area and represent clients in all family law matters, including divorce, child custody, establishing paternity, and more.