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Do you need to hire a lawyer for a divorce?

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Divorce |

There is no legal requirement to hire a lawyer to file for divorce in Massachusetts. You have the right to represent yourself. However, divorce is more than just signing papers and parting ways. It is a legal process with rules and procedures governed by varying state laws, which define everything from grounds for divorce to property division. Even though it is not mandatory, you may still want an experienced attorney to guide you through the process and represent you in court if necessary.

The role of a family law attorney in divorce proceedings

If you do not know state laws and you do not have legal representation, the other party may take advantage of you during the proceedings. Your lawyer is your advocate and ally. They will use their knowledge and experience to protect your best interests and make sure the outcome of the proceedings is fair to you. A lawyer will be able to help you with the following:

  • Plan strategically for your future after the divorce: They can explain the long-term impacts of decisions made during the divorce.
  • Negotiate skillfully on your behalf: Lawyers can negotiate in high-stress situations and work toward a settlement that benefits you.
  • Compile and complete paperwork and court-ordered procedures: Your lawyer can tell you what paperwork you need to accomplish. They can make sure that you file everything correctly and on time.
  • Avoid costly mistakes: Divorce can be expensive, and making mistakes can only add to the cost. A lawyer can help you avoid expensive mistakes by reviewing and negotiating the divorce agreement, ensuring you are not left with any unexpected financial burdens.

You might feel overwhelmed by legal terms and court procedures. That is where your lawyer steps in. They speak the language of the law and translate it for you so you can make informed decisions. A lawyer can protect your rights and let you be aware of your options throughout the divorce process.