Why ‘I don’t need a lawyer’ is the wrong way to approach divorce

No two marriages are the same. Even if you scoured the entire United States, the chances of you finding another couple with the exact same family and financial situation as you is next to impossible. The reason we bring this up is to emphasize this next point: no two divorces are the same either.

While one divorce may go smoothly and without incident, this doesn’t always happen for every couple. Some divorces, such as those containing complex asset divisions or child custody disputes, require some additional legal knowledge to help reach a resolution both spouses can agree on.

If you’re like many of our readers though, you might not have the specific legal knowledge necessary to handle a divorce on your own, which is why thinking that you don’t need a lawyer may not be the best way to approach the process.

  • A number of issues can arise during the divorce process including:
  • Child custody
  • Visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Division of debts and assets

Even though Massachusetts has laws in place that help resolve these issues, you may not be familiar with all of the laws or even how they apply in your situation. This could lead to misinformed or uninformed decisions that could require a court ordered modification down the road. In some instances though, a mistake is permanent and it may not be possible to request a change.

Because of a skilled lawyer‘s experience with family law matters, they can not only make sure that you are well informed throughout the entire process but can help you address legal issues before they become permanent problems for you.