DONT WAIT – If You’re Headed for a Divorce, Don’t Wait to Retain an Attorney
If you are headed for a divorce, it is in your best interest to retain an attorney before deciding on the finality of your decision. Even if you think you can “go it alone” in the divorce process, it is wise to at least seek professional legal advice to help you think through the process to make sure you understand how the process works. There are so many twists and turns in seeking a divorce with the outcome in your best interest that it is highly unlikely you will know the right twists and turns to take. While legal advice does cost money, the money you save from making costly mistakes can easily overtake the money you spend on advice. If you have minor children or real estate, you cannot file for a simple divorce so retaining an attorney is essential.
But why should you think about retaining an attorney before making the final decision about seeking a divorce.?
- By thinking ahead, you can take your time and research several Family Law attorneys in your area. It is best to use a Family Law attorney as they will know and understand the divorce law in your state and be familiar with family court and how it works.
- Many attorneys have a free, initial, in-office consultation where you can talk with the attorney in person and gain a general understanding of how a divorce proceeding works. At this meeting, you can find out if you relate well to the attorney and find out their fee arrangements.
- An attorney will go over with you the reasons you are considering a divorce and help you make sure this is what you really want. The attorney will help you weigh the pros and cons of your decision.
- Before you have a chance to make a mistake in the way you handle your divorce, an attorney will share with you such important information as how to collect proof for financial concerns, what is and is not safe when it comes to posting on social media that could be used as evidence in a courtroom, how to best tell your children in an age-related situation, what precautions to take if you already have a romantic partner, and suggestion on how to communicate with your spouse regarding divorce issues.
- Answer your questions regarding some of the myths surrounding a divorce, such as “women always get alimony and men always pay it” and “men rarely get custody of a minor child.”
Seeking a divorce is rarely something a person can accomplish without professional legal advice. And, waiting until the last minute to decide on retaining an attorney can lead to confusion and potential problems with your case. You need to know ahead of time what you can expect (although sometimes there are unexpected glitches that were not anticipated). Too, having decided on the right attorney to represent you will make a positive difference in the amount of stress and anxiety you will experience as you move through your divorce.
For more information on divorce for those living in the Florida counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, and Hillsborough or in New York or Washington DC Family Law attorney Grant Gisonodo, a board-certified attorney who has practiced for over a decade, is available to answer your questions if you are considering retaining a divorce attorney. He offers a free, initial, in-office consultation. His office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and for new clients on Saturday from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Please call his office located in Palm Beach Gardens at (561) 530-4568 to make an appointment.