A divorce can be a difficult emotional time for anyone, but it is a serious legal matter that can affect you the rest of your life. A divorce impacts your finances and responsibilities going forward.
While you are not legally obligated to have representation before or during a divorce, it is certainly a good idea to have it.
You should have an attorney by your side if:
- Your spouse has a lawyer
- You and your spouse do not agree to the terms of the divorce, that is, the divorce is contested
- You are unsure as to how best to divide property
- You are not fully apprised of divorce law or divorce court procedures
- You need the help of an impartial third party with no emotional investment
Committing a mistake during your divorce can negatively impact you, your children, your assets, and your income. Your best approach would be to speak with a Killeen divorce attorney concerning your legal rights before you even file a Petition for Divorce. A good attorney can walk you through the best steps to take to ensure your rights are secured.
If your spouse is being deliberately dishonest or vindictive it is a very good idea to pursue representation.
Take Action if Abuse in a Factor
A lawyer can help if there is a problem with abuse of any kind, even substance abuse. Victims of abuse often have a very difficult time negotiating with their abuser and a divorce lawyer can make arrangements for the necessary protection for an abused spouse and any children.
If you fear your spouse may harm you or your children, you need to leave immediately and obtain a temporary restraining order. An attorney can help with this and with fling a court action for support to sustain yourself in such a case.
If you have questions about the divorce process, you can speak with a Killeen divorce attorney from the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard for free.