No disputes are positive, but some are more difficult to work through than others. This is especially the case when it comes to disputes within the family system.
Divorce, custody, alimony and so forth: these are not pleasant topics to have to work through with your spouse or former spouse. The stress and emotional pain of these struggles can affect all members of a family unit.
While one isn’t required to hire an attorney for such matters, one can help to make these issues much less painful. Having a third party come in and resolved issues can provide a sense of balance and civility to these difficult proceedings.
There are many benefits to having a family lawyer on hand for when things get serious. Below, we’ll walk you through eight reasons why hiring an attorney might be the best move for your family.
1. Legal Protection
Even the most amicable of divorces can be difficult to work through. If your current family situation is less than stellar, you might not be so lucky. Things can get ugly very quickly.
In many family law cases, accusations are leveled from one spouse against the other. These accusations can range in content and severity. But if proven, they can decide the fate of both parties in the long-term.
As such, it’s very important to have legal representation on your side. They’ll be able to help investigate claims made by the opposing party and help to disprove any claims deemed untrue. We don’t like to think our loved ones would lie or seek to damage us, but in rocky marriages anything is possible.
An attorney can also help to ensure that the demands of the other party are reasonable and realistic. A family law attorney is an expert on the letter of the law and can ensure that your rights are protected. It's recommended that you learn more about the legal protection an attorney can provide for you.
2. You Can Save Money
A family attorney might cost you a little money, but it’s an investment well-served when you consider the amount they could be saving you in the long run.
Family law cases are often fraught with complicated financial arrangements. A knowledgeable attorney can ensure that payments made for alimony and child support are fair and equal to both parties. Determining these amounts can be tricky, but an experienced hand can help guide you to the proper number.
They can also help to oversee the breakdown of the marital estate. The last thing you want is to be left high and dry by a divorce or uncoupling. A lawyer can help to ensure that an estate is divided equally.
Most essential of all, an attorney can help to ensure that you don’t make mistakes that will land you back in court later on. Family law cases are very complicated, and it’s easy for something to go wrong. These mistakes can end up being quite costly because, after all, court isn’t cheap.
A family law lawyer that knows what they’re talking about will make sure you only have to go through this painful and expensive process once.
3. They Have The Experience
A good family lawyer has worked their way through the court processes on multiple occasions. They spent years studying and perfecting their knowledge in law school. They know how the legal process for family law cases works better than you ever could.
As such, they have a unique advantage in ensuring the success of your case. They are familiar with judges and how judges like to see a case presented. They can help present your particular case in a fashion that will appeal to judges and the court at large.
A strategy is one of the most important aspects of a family law case. In many cases, there are no claims to prove or disprove. It’s about presenting the facts in a certain light. An experienced attorney can help you to do just this.
And because an attorney has been through similar cases many times before, you can trust their judgment on the matters at hand. In many ways, they can offer an objective insight that your friends or family members cannot.
A family law attorney can also make sure your case is presented properly when it comes to the more logistical matters at hand. You probably have no clue what paperwork you need to submit or what the time restrictions are on such filings. Your attorney does.
This can be incredibly valuable since the failure to file paperwork on time can have your case thrown out of court. Ditto to paperwork that is submitted incorrectly. A family law attorney can make sure that everything you need is submitted accurately and on time.
4. Relieve Stress
There's little more stressful to the mind or soul than a divorce or family law case. Your emotions are invested in this case in ways they wouldn't be in any other. Plus, you can't only think of yourself, but how the case might affect others around you, like your children.
One of the huge benefits of getting legal help is having someone to lean on emotionally. Knowing there's someone on the case can allow you to relax and put your trust in someone else. It can still be difficult, but you can use your emotional energy towards getting through the case as opposed to figuring out how to win it.
We've already discussed how many different areas of expertise are required to properly get a family law case through court. Attempting to do this on your own while balancing your family situation is simply more than any one person should be expected to handle.
Splitting the workload up can help make you a relaxed and better person throughout the process.
5. Protection Against Threats
Things can often get quite heated during family law cases. Sometimes, the other party might begin to make outlandish threats or claims. These threats usually aren't based on the letter of the law but are intended to intimidate or harm you.
For example, repeated insistence that you'll never see your kids again, or that you'll be left without a cent, are the kind of the threats that are quite common. These threats are unpleasant and can become a hassle if you don't have a lawyer on your side.
Without legal representation, the other party thinks they can get away with anything. Sometimes, if there's no lawyer present, they're right. If you're not familiar with the law, you might not know that the threats the other party makes are untrue in nature. In extreme cases, people get bullied into submission for fear that the threats their spouses are making are true.
An attorney can help prevent this whole terrible situation from happening. Their presence alone is likely to help deter needless bullying. But even if such threats still occur, an attorney can easily disprove baseless threats and help to keep the other party in line.
In many family law cases, an attorney can act as a kind of middle man between the parties. Rather than communicate directly, the individuals in question will communicate via one another's lawyers. This helps to keep a level of remove and civility in the arrangments. Much of the hostility involved in face-to-face conversation might be drained away.
6. Efficiency In The Process
We've already talked a bit about the experience that a family law attorney can bring to the table. But there's another benefit of that experience we've yet to discuss. And that's how much time that an attorney can help to save you.
The last thing anyone wants is a case to stretch on for months and months. These situations are difficult enough as is, and the only positive thing to do is to get through the process as quickly and painlessly as possible.
On your own, the quick part of that equation might be very difficult. After all, there's an immense amount of knowledge you're going to need to study and understand if you hope to represent yourself in the case at hand.
Even if you were to take the time to learn everything you need, your lack of experience is sure to slow things down. An experienced family law attorney not only knows how to do things right, they know how to do things quickly.
An attorney also doesn't have to balance the responsibilities of their life with the work of the case. The case is their responsibility and their job, and so they can dedicate far more time to getting the work done that you could hope to do on your own.
They can help get your case in and out of court as efficiently as possible, so you don't have to wallow in the despair and discomfort such a case brings. The sooner your case is resolved and set in stone, the sooner you can get on with your life.
Benefits Of Hiring A Family Lawyer
If you're dealing with serious family issues, it might not be a good idea to work through the situation on your own. Hiring a family lawyer can offer you a wealth of benefits that can make this situation easier and more efficient.
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