If your marriage has ended, and both parties feel that it's time to get a divorce, you do not needlessly need a divorce attorney to handle your case. You can file for a divorce yourself using many of the do-it-yourself divorces kits if there are no children involved, and if the tangible property can be divided as both parties would like. If you have children, if one or the other protests the divorce, or if you have a lot of property to divide, you should hire a divorce lawyer.
A divorce lawyer will file the proper paperwork to ensure that you get your fair share in the divorce. This is especially true if your spouse is against the divorce or disagreements with certain aspects of the breakup, like custody of children or division of the tangible property.
To save money, you and your spouse should sit down and discuss the areas of concern before hiring a divorce lawyer. If you both come to an agreement on some aspects of the divorce, or better yet, all aspects of the divorce, you will not have to cover those areas other than to tell the dispute lawyer what you can agree on before he or she begins working on your case.
If you both can agree on custody, but can not decide on how to split the value of your home, you will save money when you cover only the concern with your divorce lawyer of how to divide your home. There will be no need to waste time discussing the custody issue if it's resolved, which will save legal fees. A divorce lawyer charges by the hour and if you can save 30 minutes of talking, you could save yourself more than a hundred dollars. Therefore, always discuss aspects of the divorce individually before bringing your concerns before the divorce lawyer.
If you do not feel that your spouse can discuss the case rationally without anger, then your divorce lawyer will know how best to deal with him or her.
When selecting a divorce lawyer, you will want to locate one that is not only good, but that is also compassionate. Going through a divorce can be very stressful for both parties and any children involved, so you should make sure that your divorce lawyer has a compassionate and caring attitude not only towards you and your children, but towards your spouse as well. There's no reason to have an angry and stressful divorce no matter what you and your spouse's differences are, and your divorce lawyer should be understanding of this.
If you hire a divorce lawyer and if you are not happy with his or her services, do not hesitate firing him or her. You are paying for legal services and if you are not happy with the way your divorce lawyer is handling your case, you are always free to find someone who will handle your divorce in a manner that you see fit.
Of course there are certain laws each party must abide by. Custody issues, visitation and child support are some things your divorce lawyer can not change. Liberal visitation is provided for the one who does not have physical custody, and child support is legally required. If your divorce lawyer states that you must let your spouse see his or her child every other weekend, this is something that you can not change and you should not get upset with your divorce lawyer about something like this.
But if your divorce lawyer states that he or she is going to draft the papers to grant more than is required by law, and if you are unhappy about this, ask the divorce lawyer to make changes or find yourself another divorce lawyer.