Most people think of contacting a lawyer as being something like death and taxes: They are usually unavoidable, but no one looks forward to it. Even with all the negative jokes about attorneys, anyone who has ever been through a complicated divorce can tell you that an experienced attorney is an invaluable asset.
In an earlier post, we talked the various risks involved with a DIY divorce. In this post we’ll discuss the actual benefits of working with an experience divorce attorney in your case. Is it worth the money to hire a lawyer? What can an attorney do to really benefit your case.
What Your Divorce Lawyer Can Do For Your Case
An experienced attorney can provide a number of important services in your divorce, including:
- Helping you see the big picture: With the emotional turmoil involved with many divorces, you will need a skilled lawyer to help you choose your battles carefully, maintain your composure and make smart decisions for your future.
- Understanding the legal complications: Even the simplest divorces with minimal property and no children will run into some complex legal matters for which you are not prepared.
- Negotiating on your behalf: One thing that’s often overlooked is that a quality attorney will be a skilled negotiator. Negotiation is a critical part of every divorce. Protecting your financial interests and your rights regarding your children requires savvy negotiation.
- Crafting a sound divorce agreement that will work for you: Child custody, support and division of assets are all complicated legal matters that an attorney can handle to make sure you don’t realize only too late that you wound up with an inequitable divorce agreement.
Indeed, not handling your divorce on your own is only one half of the equation. The other half is to make sure you work with an attorney you can trust to help you through the process and make sure you get the best outcome possible.
The laws regulating the division of military retirement benefits change from time to time, and there is never an easy way to handle these issues. However, if your attorney has experience handling these issues, dividing your military pension should not be a problem.
Do not be afraid of military divorce. Just get the help of good legal counsel and make careful decisions through the process.