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Why you should use a lawyer when getting divorced

The decision to get divorced is never any easy one to make. There are a lot of legal and financial questions that occur for individuals thinking about getting divorced.

Many people think that they can handle their divorce on their own but there are significant issues that will need to be considered and addressed during divorce.

Divorce involves not only legal paperwork but also financial decisions that can impact a person's future for many years after the divorce. A family law attorney can be very beneficial for individuals seeking a divorce for many reasons.

Having a family law attorney on your side during your divorce can help ease the stress of the situation. An attorney can help address certain issues that many don't consider after deciding to get divorced. Spouses need to consider where they will live, how their income will be affected and what steps to take to start a new life on their own.

Couples with children have additional considerations to make when filing for divorce. Individuals will need to think about what type of child custody they will be pursuing, child support laws in their state and how the children will be raised now that the family will no longer be living together.

Individuals getting divorced also need to consider the financial implications of divorce. It is very important to work with your attorney to create a short-term and long-term financial plan. Creating a financial plan for after your divorce will help during divorce negotiations and hopefully help set up a successful financial future.

People thinking about filing for divorce should consult a family law attorney to discuss their specific case and any issues that need to be addressed right away. Having an experienced attorney on your side will make the divorce process much easier and less stressful in the end.

Source: The Washington Times, "Do you need a lawyer to get divorced? Yes, and don't stop there," Myra Fleischer, Feb. 5, 2013

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