Getting divorced can be a difficult time, both emotionally and financially, and it can be tempting to try to handle the legalities yourself to save money. However, as this guide explains, there are good reasons to hire a divorce lawyer, from making communication easier to finding out what you're entitled to.
You're Struggling to Communicate With Your Ex-Partner
The first sign that you should hire a lawyer is that you are struggling to communicate effectively with your ex-partner. Perhaps they don't answer your messages regularly, or maybe an argument erupts every time you discuss money or the house. Marriage.com has some good advice for communicating during a divorce, but like all communication advice, it only works well if both partners are engaging fairly. Hiring a family lawyer can allow you to stop communicating with your ex-partner, or ensure that anything big can be communicated through a neutral third party.
You Don't Understand What You're Entitled To
If you don't know exactly what you're entitled to under the law, you should definitely hire a lawyer. There's a lot to divide up, especially if there's a house, pet, or even children to consider. Working out who is legally entitled to property and custody of children can get very complicated, with many factors to consider. For example, you might think you aren't entitled to the house because your partner paid the mortgage, but this isn't always the case, especially if you cared for children or contributed to household costs. Having a good lawyer to deal with your case means that you will understand your situation better, and won't miss out on anything you're entitled to.
You're Worried the Case Will Get Complicated
Are you worried that the case will get nasty, or complicated? Are you concerned that it might end up in a big court appearance? This is especially understandable if there are complicating factors, such as multiple properties, children, or one partner isn't sure about the divorce. If you hire a lawyer at the beginning of the process, it will give them time to learn about your case and all the little details and may stop the case from becoming so complicated. There's nothing worse than feeling like you can handle your own case and then seeing it rapidly get out of hand.
Whether you're struggling to communicate, don't understand your legal position, or are worried that your case is complicated, hiring a lawyer to deal with your divorce will be a weight off your mind and will help you to fully understand your situation.
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1 November 2022
Hello, my name is Jenny and this is my probate law blog. I should say now, I am not a lawyer and I have not had any professional legal training. However, I do know a thing or two about probate. I taught myself a lot after the death of my grandma. My grandma left a lot of money and property behind, but unfortunately, she didn't leave a will. This lead to several family members staking a claim on the inheritance. I instructed a lawyer to act on my mother's behalf to ensure that she was not cheated out of her share.