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“Do I need an attorney to get divorced?” That’s a question I get a lot. And, no technically speaking, you don’t need an attorney to get divorced. But…

“Do I need an attorney to get divorced?” That’s a question I get a lot. And, no technically speaking, you don’t need an attorney to get divorced. But having worked on a number of divorce cases, I don’t recommend it unless you had a in short-term marriages, no kids, no major assets and you are both financially secure on your own. Otherwise, you need an attorney even if it’s only to check your stuff and give you a second opinion. I say that because this is a serious matter and the after effects can last for years. And, there are things that need to be considered that you may not even think of especially if you have children or assets to divide. I know divorce can be costly so you need to understand the costs going in and always ask your attorney for ways to minimize them then follow their advice.

Now, I’m not recommending that you just get an attorney and turn everything over to her or him. Because while they know the law, they don’t know you and what is important to you or what will be in your best interest for your new life so you need to stay actively involved at every step along the way. Make your voice heard loud and clear because you will have to live with the consequences.

Having said all of that, here are 9 times when you absolutely, positively need an attorney to represent you:

  1. Your spouse has already hired an attorney and begun the process.
  2. You have young children.
  3. You and your spouse have considerable or complicated property or debt.
  4. Your safety or that of your children is at risk from your spouse.
  5. You or your spouse owns a business.
  6. Your spouse is more knowledgeable about financial matters.
  7. You are unable or unwilling to stand up for your rights.
  8. You don’t trust your spouse to be open, fair and honest.
  9. You and your spouse are not able to communicate effectively.

If any of these sounds like your situation, don’t hesitate. Get legal representation. You future well-being could depend on it.

Want more answers like this? Check out my book, How to Get Divorced Without Losing Your Blouse: What Every Woman Needs to Know to Protect Her Future. It’s available on Amazon in paperback, ebook and audiobook formats.