When You Need a Divorce Lawyer...and When You Don't

If you are facing a divorce, you likely know that it is going to be one of the most difficult and emotionally challenging things you ever experience. While nothing can make this process easy, it is important to do all you can to make sure you get through it with as little stress and acrimony as possible for everyone involved.

In some cases, that means you will need to hire a Portland divorce lawyer to represent your interests. But that’s not always necessary – and in certain cases, going without traditional legal representation can be a great way to save money. When do you need traditional representation, and when can you go without? We’ll examine several scenarios in this blog entry.

When you don’t need traditional full representation from a divorce lawyer.

Not every divorce demands full legal representation – although at the least we always recommend DIY Support from an attorney. If any or all of the following points apply to you, you may not need traditional representation:

  • You’re on Good Terms – If you and your spouse don’t hate each other, but know that you can’t stay married, you can often come to a fair agreement regarding the raising of children and dividing of assets.
  • You Agree on Essential Points – Even if you really don’t get along, you may still agree about how property and other essential assets should be divided.
  • Your Marriage was Brief – It is increasingly popular today for married couples to regret their decision after just a few months or years. In these situations, it is often possible to separate without an attorney.

When traditional representation from a Portland Divorce Lawyer is essential.

While getting through a divorce without an attorney is possible in many cases, that is not always going to be the case. If any of the following points apply to your case, you will want to hire a Portland family attorney as soon as possible.

  • Abusive Relationships If your spouse is physically, emotionally or sexually abusing you or your children, you absolutely need an attorney to provide the necessary protection in your case.
  • Dishonest Spouse If you believe your spouse has hidden assets or is otherwise being dishonest, an attorney can help bring out the truth.
  • Spouse has an Attorney If your spouse has already hired an attorney, it is a good idea to do the same so you will be legally protected.

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