Why You Should Still Hire an Attorney if You are Getting an Uncontested Divorce
An uncontested divorce is where both spouses agree on all issues concerning the separation, including but not limited to the division of marital property and debts, child custody, child support, and spousal support. Despite the name, many issues can still arise during an uncontested divorce.
Many people believe that they do not need a lawyer for an uncontested divorce, but there are a lot of reasons why having a lawyer by your side in an uncontested divorce may benefit your divorce proceedings.
Benefits of Having an Attorney’s Help During an Uncontested Divorce
For an uncontested divorce to work, both spouses must be in complete agreement on every single issue that arises through the final signing of the divorce decree. Speaking from experience, many issues usually pop up during the stages of divorce. The most common being that a spouse changes his or her mind on a matter, whether it is child custody, support, alimony, or the division of assets.
Hiring a family law attorney to help you through the process of an uncontested divorce can provide many benefits throughout the divorce proceedings.
One of the main advantages of having a lawyer during an uncontested divorce is to have your own independent legal advice throughout the negotiation. Despite an amicable proceeding, spouses cannot have one lawyer represent both of their interests during an uncontested divorce. You need your own lawyer to give you advice about any issues that come up during negotiation.
A lawyer will make sure that you have all of the relevant information you need to make informed decisions about the division of property, alimony, and other important issues in your uncontested divorce. If you do not have all of the relevant information in front of you, you may end up getting far less than what you deserve.
A lawyer can also help during the negotiation process of an uncontested divorce. Just because spouses eventually agree on all terms does not mean that the process begins that way. A lawyer can help navigate the negotiation process without delaying the divorce proceedings. In cases of uncontested divorce in which there are businesses, shared property, or children are involved, it is incredibly difficult to come to an agreement on these matters without a lawyer present.
Finally, if the discussions during an uncontested divorce break down, a couple is required to go through the traditional divorce process. By hiring a lawyer to help you with the uncontested process, your attorney will already understand the assets, liabilities, goals, and issues of your case before the court process even begins.
Call a Family Law Attorney Today
At Kearney | Baker in Pasadena, we represent spouses through all aspects of the dissolution/divorce process. Our partners, Brian A. Baker and Gary W. Kearney, are both Family Law Specialists, as certified by the California State Bar. If you are considering a divorce, please do not hesitate to reach out us for a consultation.
To schedule a consultation regarding any questions about family law in California, contact one of the family law attorneys at Kearney | Baker today at 626-768-2945.