Divorce is also called dissolution of marriage. When your marriage is over and you are preparing to get divorced you must consider many factors before you take action.
You need to find a divorce attorney to handle your matter. Why? Here are the top reasons why you need a lawyer:
- There are cheap-o divorces available from document preparation services. But have you heard the saying ‘You Get What You Pay For”? It applies to your divorce case. If you hire a document preparer he or she will fill out your forms for you. He can not give you any legal advice. Telling you which forms you need for your situation is legal advice. You do not want a non-lawyer giving you advice about what you need to provide the court in writing.
- Even an uncontested divorce can have complications. The Agreement you sign with your spouse is destined to become your guide for the post-divorce period of time. If you have children this time can be 18 years. The Marital Settlement Agreement is of utmost importance. You need a divorce attorney or family lawyer to draft the document for you. There are many things that can and do go wrong because the parties have a weak or unenforceable agreement. Stock forms do not provide that level of scrutiny you get from an attorney.
- Not every divorce is expensive even through an attorney. Many lawyers offer flat rate uncontested divorce matters. Maybe a family lawyer is more expensive than the forms at the courthouse but a lawyer is going to take care of all the details that a stock form cannot address.
- Equitable distribution is prevalent in Florida but it does not mean equal, half or 50/50 of the assets. What it does mean is fair. Fair is determined by any number of factors and a document preparer or paralegal cannot help you determine what is equitable or what you should or should not choose to take or let go of from your assets and debts. Only an attorney can advise you the best way to approach the distribution of your assets and debts.
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