You don’t technically need a lawyer to do anything in the legal arena on your own behalf. However, attorneys are trained and experienced in the law, so they are an invaluable asset in a legal situation. This is particularly true in cases that involve any aspect of family law, including child custody, divorce, and determining child support. Below are a few reasons that having an attorney is more effective in virtually any family law matter compared to going it alone.
- Lawyers know the rules and the law.
The biggest reason that someone going through a divorce needs an attorney is that the legal requirements in family law can be very confusing. If you do not follow the technical requirements of the law, your case could be thrown out altogether. If you do not know the legal requirements for an argument, the right documents to file, and the strict timeline in which to do it, then you likely will not win your case. Lawyers have the experience and the knowledge to write your arguments in the most successful, organized, and timely way.
- A family law attorney provides a clear head.
Family law matters can be emotional. Sometimes emotional people have trouble separating their emotions from their rational decision-making. Having an attorney to explain what you should and should not do based on the law instead of your emotions can be a vital asset. Of course, your attorney should be as aggressive or as cooperative as you want him or her to be, within reason. Ultimately, all of the decisions about your case should be up to you. But an attorney is the best person to give you all of the information you will need to choose wisely for yourself and your children.
- Lawyers negotiate well.
Effective negotiation is extremely important in family law situations to ensure that all of the parties get what they want. A lawyer’s negotiation skills are particularly useful in situations where you have trouble communicating with the other parent or spouse. For example, in abuse situations, it is not a good idea to negotiate on your own behalf. Having someone else on your side can ensure that you are treated fairly, and that your voice is heard.
- Lawyers work well with other lawyers.
If your spouse or the other parent has a lawyer, it is in your best interest to also retain a lawyer. The other lawyer is not obligated to explain anything to you, so you may end up agreeing to something that you did not understand or fully appreciate at the time of the agreement. Having your own lawyer will help prevent this type of problem.
- A lawyer will fight for your interests.
In some family law situations, the other parent or spouse will act in a vindictive manner or may be dishonest when you deal with them. In these situations, having an attorney can help you with gathering facts and presenting your case.
Family law situations affect very important aspects of your life, including your children and your finances. Do not risk your’s or your children’s future on DIY legal work. Haas Tharrington, P.A. is here when you need us. Fill out our contact form, and we will get in touch with you.