You’ve accepted that your marriage is over. The next step is divorce. As you weigh your legal options, you may consider representing yourself in the divorce process.
You may think that you will save money, time, and stress doing this on your own and that there is little risk if your divorce is uncontested. However, there are significant dangers that you need to know about before you decide to forgo legal representation.
Risks of Getting Divorced Without a Lawyer
If you don’t have an attorney representing you, then you risk:
- Making a mistake about a critical decision. Divorce can be complicated, and your divorce decree is legally binding. You don’t want to make a mistake about child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, or any other part of your divorce. You may have to live with the personal and financial consequences of those mistakes for a long time. Additionally, you could make a costly mistake that leads to significant and unintended tax consequences.
- Delaying the divorce process. If you fail to file the right forms in the right court by the right deadlines, then you risk delaying the divorce process.
- Adding significant stress to your life. You are making essential decisions about your family and your future. Those decisions, combined with the complexities of the legal process, are often overwhelming and time-consuming. You will have to deal with all of these issues while you continue your regular daily activities, deal with your usual stress, and adjust to getting divorced.
There is a way to get divorced without these added complications, however.
You Can Hire a Michigan Family Law Attorney
The Cronin Law Firm understands how much you have at stake, and we are here to support you through the divorce process. Our Bloomfield Hills divorce lawyers will listen carefully to your priorities and help you secure the future that you imagine. Call us, text us, or fill out our online contact form today to learn more.