Why You Need a Skilled Divorce Attorney
Franklin divorce lawyer explains how representation can make or break your case
There is a lot of information online letting you know how to file for your own divorce in Tennessee. There are even forms available that you can fill in, print out, and file yourself. Because divorce can be so expensive, many frustrated and financially limited people jump at these options as a way to make a difficult experience a bit easier and to save themselves a little money.
Even though these online options seem like fast and easy fixes, they may not be right for you and your situation; or, you may complete them incorrectly and wind up in a worse situation. Even if you think you have a simple divorce and are able to handle all the matters yourself, failing to consult with an experienced Franklin divorce lawyer can end up costing you a lot in lost assets, reduced support, and much more.
You should at least try to consult with an attorney so you can understand your rights and legal options in your divorce. When presented with written agreements for settling your divorce, you should consult with an attorney to review those agreements and see if the documents actually reflect your agreements.
To start, most people don’t understand what they are entitled to in their divorce. Women who have stayed home with their children may think they don’t have as much right to the family home or to assets like cars or vacation homes because they weren’t making money to contribute to these assets. That’s incorrect, and if they don’t have a lawyer advising them of their rights, they could end up walking away from a divorce settlement without their fair share of these assets, which could put them on shaky financial footing when they are starting their lives over. On the other hand, many men may not pursue being named as primary residential parent, or pursue getting more than the minimum parenting time as vigorously because they are under the mistaken notion that the courts will favor the woman when determining the parenting arrangement. As a result, they could end up spending far less time with their children, and the relationship could suffer.
There are many, many other examples of ways that lack of information can hurt people in the divorce process. These problems can be compounded when the other spouse or the spouse’s attorney intentionally tries to bully or mislead the person about their rights. A lot of people rely on bluffing to get what they want. Without an attorney in your corner, you could fall prey to this strategy and give up important rights.
By working with an experienced lawyer, you can be sure that you are getting the right information so that you know about your legal rights and exactly what you are entitled to under the law. You can fight back confidently, ensuring that you get a fair division of assets and the right amount of time with your children. And if there is violence or other abuse in your relationship, working with a lawyer can protect you physically from further harm.
What you don’t know in a divorce can hurt you. Make sure you consult with an experienced attorney and get whatever help you need through the divorce to ensure that you are not taken advantage of and you get the fresh start you need. Call my office at (615) 791-8511 to discuss your options. You can also fill out the secure online form to schedule a free consultation. I’m an experienced divorce lawyer, and I’m ready to guide you in your divorce.