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How Do I Know If I Need a Divorce Lawyer?

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 divorce lawyer?

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.