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DIY divorce costly in the long run

Divorcing without the aid of an attorney has become popular, especially when websites advertising do-it-yourself services have been appearing on the Internet. These services provide forms for petitioners to fill out in lieu of legal consultation. Although residents of North Carolina might be tempted to save money by eliminating the professional services of a divorce attorney, the process might end up costing more in the end, especially if one party retains an attorney and the other doesn't.

Attorneys are educated in court procedures, including the proper way to object. Parties planning to divorce without the benefit of a skilled attorney may find themselves out in the cold, especially as far as admitting evidence or telling their stories in front of a judge is concerned. Some judges might take issue with those who take the DIY route, especially if they hire someone who is not a lawyer to help them prepare the paperwork. The law specifies that only attorneys are permitted to dispense legal advice.

In addition, those who fail to consult a divorce attorney may inadvertently agree to terms that they don't want. A lawyer should be able to explain the proceedings to those seeking a divorce; however, without such guidance, people may find that they were deceived after agreeing to certain demands.

Divorce is usually not an easy decision, and the process should not be taken lightly. A skilled attorney might help by explaining all options, including how certain decisions will affect involved parties. In addition, a lawyer may advise divorcing parties about child custody, property division and visitation plans. Such advice may be helpful for those who wish to gather enough information in order to arrive at informed decisions.

Source: Huffington Post, "DIY Divorce: Why You Should Think Twice Before Divorcing Without A Lawyer", August 14, 2013

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