Dangers of Handling Your Divorce without Legal Counsel

April 5, 2016 - Categories: Legal Articles

If you are planning to get divorced, you are probably concerned with how much it is going to cost you. If you are considering using “do-it-yourself” forms from a book or the Internet in an effort to save money, you should think again!

There are hundreds of websites that claim you can use their forms to handle your own divorce and save thousands of dollars on attorney’s fees. Unfortunately, we have seen many cases where a DIY divorce resulted in expensive problems or one of the party’s ended up losing much more than they would have if they had hired an attorney. For those who do not want or need full representation from an attorney, the qualified local lawyers at Access Legal Care, PLLC can provide legal advice, services, and legal forms on an as-needed basis at negotiated rates.

Below are a few of the problems we can help you avoid in your divorce action:

Incorrect forms

Many DIY forms were not even created by lawyers or somebody with legal experience. The forms are created to be very generic so they cover a wide variety of circumstances. Additionally, forms are often not designed to comply with your specific jurisdiction. Thus, you could spend a significant amount of time and money on forms that will not work or that you will have to amend and correct later. Even worse, the court may refuse to enter a divorce decree due to improper filings.

Legal advice

Divorce kits or DIY websites may provide you with forms, but they do not give you legal advice and guidance. In most cases, the entity that provided you with the forms is prohibited from giving you any sort of advice because they are not licensed attorneys. It can be extremely frustrating to be looking at a stack of forms and left on your own to figure them out. If you are working with an attorney, you can avoid costly mistakes by getting the guidance you need from the start.

Advocate

If you choose to use DIY forms without legal counsel, you are on your own. This means you don’t have anyone on your side that is fighting to protect your best interests through each step of the case. You will not have another person who can read the documents to ensure that you aren’t signing something that could be detrimental to you. Additionally, if you have minor children, you will not have an advocate in negotiating child custody visitation and child support.

If you do not want or need full representation from an attorney, our qualified local lawyers can provide legal advice, services, and legal forms on an as-needed basis at negotiated rates. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation. With just a low initial retainer, our team of local Michigan lawyers is standing by to assist you with a wide variety of matters related to your divorce. Call Access Legal Care, PLLC today at 855.583.6521 or visit us online to schedule your initial consultation.