Why do I need a lawyer if we only want an uncontested divorce?
Divorce is one of the most difficult and emotional life-changing events you can ever experience. If you and your spouse are able to agree on most important issues, such as your parenting plan, the division of your property, or child support, good for you. You have just saved yourself a huge amount of money and time by keeping things civil.
But it’s important not to stop there. There are many other pieces that you might not have thought about. A lawyer can help you come up with a list of areas that you need to address with your spouse to make sure you’ve talked about and agreed on everything.
Did you know that when you’re splitting up property, if it’s not done right you could have to pay taxes on what you get from your spouse? But if your documents are drafted properly, you may be able to sail through the divorce without paying any taxes on what you receive. An attorney can help draft things the right way so you don’t have any nasty surprises.
If you have kids, your family and the needs of your kids will change between now and the time your kids go off to college. You need an agreement that’s written to anticipate some of the most common changes and pitfalls, and 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 now.
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.