Divorce can be full of ups and downs. It is likely one of the toughest, if not the toughest, time in a person’s life. It is no wonder that most people do not even know where to begin. Something that almost everyone automatically thinks is that they need to get an attorney. While hiring an attorney has an upside, it is not always the right decision. Every divorce is unique. What works for someone else may not be the best for your specific situation. If you have decided not to hire an attorney, do not worry. Many people make this same decision and never regret it.
What Happens When You Don’t Have an Attorney?
There are some decisions you will need to make if you decide not to seek help from a divorce attorney. You can either go through the process alone with no help or you can seek the help of a mediator. Many people choose to represent themselves and that is totally fine. What is not fine is that people make the mistake of doing everything on their own and end up regretting it down the road. You must do your research and make sure a divorce is something you are comfortable handling on your own.
Having an Attorney is not Always Necessary
There are many instances where a divorce does not need an attorney’s assistance. If you have minimal assets, no shared real estate, no children, small or no retirement accounts, and an ability to complete all paperwork yourself, then you may not need an attorney at all. While this sounds great, this is not usually the case. Most couples share ownership in their homes and vehicles, have children together, have money in retirement and investment accounts, and do not have the time to deal with all the paperwork and meetings on their own. If the latter sounds like your situation, you still do not have to have a lawyer if you really do not want one. A certified mediator can help you navigate your divorce without the costly obligations that come with an attorney.
Compromising is Better than Court
There are many benefits to mediation. A certified mediator can help you and your spouse settle your divorce without ever having to step foot in a courtroom. Matters like division of assets and child custody agreements can all be handled during mediation. There are no attorneys required to attend mediation and it comes at a fraction of the cost of a traditional courtroom divorce. During mediation, you and your spouse will have to work through your divorce and compromise to reach agreements. If the two of you are amicable enough to do this, you can save time and money from going to waste. If you are not so cordial, the process can get dragged out in court and cost thousands of dollars in costs and attorney fees.
An attorney-assisted divorce is not bad, it is just not the right fit for every case. When you enter a divorce it is best you evaluate your own situation and make decisions that best suit your needs. If you do not have to have an attorney, choosing another route like mediation can benefit all involved tremendously.