Filing for divorce on your own can be overwhelming. Wading through the court-approved forms may be confusing and is often an exercise in futility. What are my legal rights? What should I ask for? How does the court process work? How do I know I’m doing this correctly? There is so much at stake: Division of property and debts, custody, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance. Handling any one of these issues improperly could mean the difference between a future of relative comfort or years of suffering. When the divorce is done, it’s done. You have one chance to get it right. Undoing a mistake is difficult and, sometimes, impossible.
Document preparers can help you fill out paperwork but they’re not trained in the law. They’re prohibited from providing legal advice. Lawyers, on the other hand, have the benefit of many years of legal training and continuing education. They are well-versed in the law; they understand the divorce process and can help you understand what is best for you.
But what if your divorce is simple, or you just can’t afford ongoing legal representation? Even if you’ve decided to represent yourself, you can still benefit from an attorney’s advice — and chances are that the expense is less than you imagined. You can use an attorney as a counselor, an adviser, a guide to help you through the legal process.
A one-time consultation with an attorney is relatively inexpensive, and it can help tremendously. In a single meeting, the lawyer can assist you in filling out the paperwork. He or she can help you understand your legal rights, and explain what you need to do to request a hearing, obtain financial information, or get a trial date. The lawyer can formulate a game plan, answer your questions, and help you navigate through the sticky and sometimes complicated issues involved in a Family Law case. Don’t just assume that you can’t afford legal advice. Call for a one-time consultation. You may be surprised at how affordable it is — and how much it helps.
Gary Frank is an Arizona Family Law Attorney with more than 30 years of experience in handling cases involving divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance, division of property, grandparent and non-parent rights, and all other matters relating to family law. If you would like a consultation, feel free to contact us at 602-383-3610 or by email at [email protected] To find out more about our firm, take a look at our website at www.garyfranklaw.com.
It’s easier than you may think, and less expensive, too.