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Why you need a divorce attorney

Many people who live in North Carolina or elsewhere who are contemplating a divorce may believe that it is easy to do it on their own using readily available forms. However, failing to hire an attorney to aid in the process of a divorce proceeding may be detrimental in the long run.

A divorce attorney may have a better understanding of applicable law pertaining to property division, as state laws do not always automatically provide for an even split. In some states, a divorcing spouse may be entitled to retirement income or future income that the other spouse may receive. In addition, a lawyer may be able to settle complicated issues as well as protect one's assets in the event of a divorce. Obtaining legal representation may also reduce stress and avoid mistakes that could lead to significant financial harm.

It is possible that a court might not interpret self-prepared divorce documents in the intended manner, which may result in a different final decree than what was originally contemplated. The language used in those documents may not accurately represent the wishes of those who prepared them, which may make portions of the agreement impossible or difficult to enforce. In addition, having an attorney help prepare the paperwork may avoid delays due to incomplete or incorrect submissions.

An attorney with experience in handling divorce may be able to explain to a client contemplating such a proceeding such legal issues as property division, child custody and visitation rights. Such an attorney may be able to help the client in the preparation and timely filing of documents that are required in divorce proceedings.

Source: Huffington Post, "5 Reasons That You Need a Divorce Attorney", David Centeno, September 17, 2013

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