Divorce is one of the most challenging and emotionally life-changing events you can ever experience. If you and your spouse can agree on the most critical issues, such as your parenting plan, the division of your property, or child support, that’s excellent! You have just saved yourself a considerable amount of money and time by keeping things civil.

However, there may be pieces you and your spouse haven’t considered or planned on.

Why do I need a lawyer for an uncontested divorce?

A lawyer can help you develop a list of areas you need to address with your spouse to make sure you’ve discussed and agreed on everything.

Did you know that when you’re splitting up property, you could have to pay taxes on what you get from your spouse if it’s not done right? If your documents are correctly drafted, you may be able to sail through the divorce without paying any taxes on what you receive. An attorney can help prepare things the right way, so you don’t have any nasty surprises.

If you have children, your family and the needs of your kids will change between now and the time they go off to college. You need an agreement that’s written to anticipate some of the most common changes and pitfalls. Doing so allows you to address them now instead of having to go back to court later. Nobody has a “crystal ball” to know what will happen in the future, but an experienced lawyer can help you anticipate some of the most common situations and plan for them ahead of time.

Hiring a lawyer to advise you and prepare your documents might cost a little more now, but it can save you lots of money, time, and heartache in the future. It is crucial to have an experienced and competent attorney help guide you through your divorce proceedings, even if they seem simple. Call Waggoner Hastings today to schedule your divorce consultation.