Do You Need a Divorce Lawyer?
No two Massachusetts divorces are the same. Some, although emotionally
upsetting, go fairly smoothly. Others seem like World War Three. Why are
some divorces worse than others? Much of it depends on the people involved,
the length of the marriage, the assets in question, if the marriage produced
children and other factors. In some cases, a couple can amicably settle
issues and file for divorce on their own. In other situations, an attorney
is a necessity. If you are considering divorce, how do you know if you need a
Extensive Assets and/or a Complicated Financial Situation
Couples married for a several years or more often have a complex financial
situation. It might involve a house, automobiles, insurance policies,
investments, retirement accounts and other assets. If you and your spouse
have extensive assets or a complicated financial life, then it is a good
idea to hire an attorney to ensure fair asset and property divisions.
The Other Spouse is Lying or Hiding Information
Divorce sometimes brings out the worst in people. If you feel that your
spouse is lying, being vindictive or hiding information, then it is time
to hire an attorney.
Emotional or Physical Abuse
If your spouse has inflicted emotional or physical abuse on your or your
children, then you need an attorney. In these highly charged emotional
situations it is almost impossible for a couple to negotiate a divorce
on their own. A lawyer can arrange protection for you or your children,
and he can protect your legal rights.
The Other Party Has an Attorney
You need a lawyer if your spouse has one. Trying to negotiate with an experienced
divorce lawyer on your own is a bad idea. He knows the divorce process,
the court system and the tricks of the trade. You do not. You need to
fight fire with fire.
If you are considering divorce, then
contact us. We will go over your case and determine how best to proceed. Our goal
is to help you receive the best possible outcome.