The short answer is yes, you can get a divorce without an attorney. However, hiring an attorney is often in your best interest, even if your divorce is uncontested.
Here are some basic reasons to hire an attorney to help you through your divorce.
Getting a divorce is an emotional and stressful event in one’s life. Even in the most amicable situations, most people experience a vast array of emotions during the separation and divorce periods. Unfortunately, this is also the time when you need to make serious decisions about the most important areas of your life. An attorney can remain objective during this time so that you can make the best decisions about your divorce and your future.
An attorney is well versed in the laws concerning divorce and can help identify what needs to be in your divorce settlement. Hiring an attorney can help you avoid mistakes that may be difficult, if not impossible except in very limited circumstances, to correct in the future. For example, clearly identifying property division and rights, potential tax issues, etc.
An attorney will handle the required filings and paperwork, which are often cumbersome and confusing.
Your own attorney will look out for your interests.
It is my goal to help alleviate some of the stress involved in getting a divorce and help you to make clear decisions concerning current and future issues. If you have questions, please schedule a free consultation.