“You know what; you really don’t need my help. You can do this all yourself at a fraction of the cost and it will be over much quicker too,” said no divorce attorney on the planet, ever.
When you interview possible lawyer for your divorce there are a few things they won’t be disclosing right off the bat. First and foremost is the fact that you don’t technically need them in order to obtain a legal divorce. Under the right circumstances, you and your ex can handle your own divorce and even if you get a little outside help the whole thing will cost you far less if you just DIY.
If you do choose to work with a lawyer, then start saving your nickels and dimes now. The attractive advertised rate that lured you in the door is just a starting price; your real bottom line is likely to be a great deal more. One thing that you are paying them for is their time, and getting divorced with a lawyer takes more than twice as long as doing it yourself. Why? Because the longer it takes and the more complicated it is, the more money they make. They have no motivation to get your divorce done quickly or simply. You know who DOES care about your time and your money – YOU!
You might be afraid to forge ahead with your divorce when you don’t have any legal experience. You’ve been led to believe that attorneys are magical creatures that are super smart and have memorized entire legal dictionaries like they seem to have done on TV. This isn’t really the case. In the real world divorce lawyers do make mistakes and they get sued, again and again! Your lawyer is also no substitute for a financial advisor and will sometimes make costly decisions for you without having all the information. In a simple divorce you may be better off doing the paperwork yourself and hiring a tax consultant or financial advisor to help you with the financial impact and planning you will need to consider.
So before you rush out and hire the first divorce attorney that pop up when you click “search” on Google, consider all of your options and the possibility of a DIY divorce.