If you and your spouse are getting divorced, you are likely considering whether or not you need to hire an attorney. Hiring a divorce lawyer, like Evans Law Firm, PLLC in Biloxi, Mississippi, can help you navigate the divorce process. An experienced attorney can help assist you with the issues you will face when filing for divorce, including property and debt division, child support, child custody, etc., which must be addressed as part of the divorce. It is difficult to represent yourself in Court. Five reasons to consider hiring a divorce lawyer, rather than representing yourself, are as follows:
You are unfamiliar with divorce law and Chancery Court.
In court, self-represented, or pro se, litigants cannot be given special treatment by the judge/court. Though most judges are fairly patient people, the judge cannot act as both the judge and attorney for the pro se litigant in the case. If you do not know what documents you need, or what to do next, the judge is not supposed to provide the pro se litigant with this information—this would put the judge in the position of giving the pro se litigant legal advice.
You need objective advice that an attorney can provide to you.
Divorce is a difficult time for both spouses, and the family, which can hinder the ability to work productively to resolve important matters. A lawyer can serve as an objective third party that can separate themselves from the emotional side of the case to work towards the best resolution in the case. A divorce attorney can let you know when you are being unreasonable or asking for too little.
You will know and understand all of your options with a lawyer.
A family lawyer can evaluate your case , and advise you as to the possible outcomes. The attorney can discuss the pros and cons of taking the case to trial. An attorney can help you create a reasonable offer or settlement proposal which may prevent the need for the case to go to trial. Additionally, if your spouse has an attorney which is proposing settlement your attorney will be able to advise you as to whether you should settle, make a counteroffer, or move the case to trial.
You need proper document preparation to be successful in your case, and a lawyer can accomplish this task.
Knowing how to prepare and filing the legal documents for your case can be challenging. Additionally, providing all of the necessary documents and forms in accordance with the law and court rules can be difficult and tedious. Providing the proper paperwork which is prepared correctly is crucial. The judge will rely on the paperwork that you file in the case to determine the outcome of your case. Many judges require certain information be contained within the divorce documents; therefore, your divorce may not be approved without the required information. Additionally, paperwork which is not properly drafted can result in you having to revisit court for modification. A divorce lawyer knows what needs to be filed in your case; whereas, if your case could be harmed or delayed due to incomplete or improper paperwork.
You need someone to help you look at the big picture, and a lawyer can assist.
While you may be focused on “winning” your case, a divorce lawyer will help you focus on the big picture, including long term outcomes. A good divorce lawyer will advise you not to waste your money when your goals cannot be reached, and can help you set your priorities. Your attorney may help you determine which issues to compromise on to reach a favorable resolution in your case. Additionally, an attorney will assist you in strategizing to meet both current and future goals.
Can I use my spouse's lawyer rather than hiring my own attorney? It is important to know that if your spouse has hired an attorney that attorney represents the interests of your spouse, not you. You need to ensure that your interests are represented. Divorce is not a time to attempt to save money, because the decisions are long lasting. You are required to follow the court order, or divorce decree, whether you understood the agreement or not. The court is going to hold you to the "four corners" of the document, regardless of what was discussed in the preparation and signing of the document. Even if the parties are in agreement, you need to ensure that the Court's order accurately reflects the agreement between the parties. You also need to ensure that your legal rights are fairly representing in the negotiation process.
Evans Law Firm, PLLC provides representation to individuals on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in their divorce matters. We know that divorce can be difficult. From the conference room to the courtroom our office understands that your case is more than just law.
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