Whether or not to file for Divorce is an intensely personal question that nobody can answer for you. The circumstances and factors in place in your life are so unique that other people can merely provide advice based mainly on assumptions since only you know what occurs between the four walls of your home.
With that said, family law attorneys- such as those with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC- encounter many different kinds of people who are battling the same question that you may be right now regarding whether or not it is time to file for a divorce from their spouse. This is a question that is not quickly answered. An underrated part of the discussion is that it is not easy to even ask the question, given that things most likely have to spiral out of control at home for the question to be asked in the first place.
Whatever you are facing, and no matter how you decide to approach these profoundly personal issues, you should know that you are not alone and that help is available to you no matter how dire your circumstances may seem. People have gone through similar situations as you and have come out the other side doing well in new lives as independent persons. The questions that they have asked our attorneys will be the basis for the next few blog posts from the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC.
How Critical is it to hire a divorce attorney?
If you're reading this blog post, you're likely a Texan. Whether you're a fifth-generation Texan whose grandfather fought at the Battle of San Jacinto, or you're a first-generation Texan like myself whose grandfather was born in the upper Midwest, we all have the spirit of our State within us. That spirit of individualism is part of a do-it-yourself attitude that can lead us towards success in life and harm us if we are not careful.
If you're considering filing for Divorce without an attorney, generally speaking, I would advise against that. There are circumstances where theoretically, you could represent yourself and not do much harm to your case.
Suppose you are in a marriage with no children, no property, and little else to discuss. In that case, a divorce could more or less be an open and shut matter where you only need to formally dissolve your marriage relationship and move on with your life. In that situation, I would probably still say to cover your bases and hire a lawyer, but it probably wouldn't be the end of the world if you wanted to represent yourself.
On the other hand, if you have children, any money in the bank, own your home or other property and have assets that are even the slightest bit substantial, I would probably tell you to hire a family law attorney to represent you in your divorce case. Yes, an attorney will cost you money. Yes, attorneys have a reputation for being unpleasant to deal with. However, the result of not having an attorney represent you in a divorce can be substantial.
Many current clients were once Pro Se Litigants.
A handful of clients every month that decide to sign on as clients with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, were once Pro Se litigants. This means that they previously filed for Divorce on their own and, for a wide range of reasons, could not proceed by themselves and eventually had to double back and hire an attorney.
Not only does this mean that you had to pay a lawyer a fee to represent you, but it means that you wasted precious time doing so. Lawyers cost money, and you can earn that money back. You probably don't remember what you bought your children for Christmas in 2015, and you probably won't remember how much you spent on your lawyer in 2019. However, what will likely stick with you is how long the process took and how frustrating it was for you to realize that you weren't equipped to represent yourself in the first place without proper legal training.
Now, I'm not assuming that you are unintelligent or incapable of doing things on your own. In the same way, I am not telling you that a divorce case is super complex and something only people with a couple of degrees hanging on their office wall could understand. What I am telling you is that for the price you will pay in attorney's fees, you can ensure that your case moves along expediently towards an equitable resolution.
A family law, especially a divorce, is unlike any legal case- civil or criminal. Your children, spouse, business, home, finances, etc., are all at stake. Couple those fundamental world considerations with the fact that the most critical relationships in your life are all about to change, and you have a recipe for a difficult transition phase in your life on top of your divorce case.
Managing these circumstances on your own is possible but not advisable, in my opinion. Hiring an attorney to represent you in a divorce will not solve all your problems, but it will provide you with peace of mind and lighten the burden on your shoulders to look after your family and plan for the next stage of your life.
Stay tuned for a second FAQ and answer to be posted tomorrow.
The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, is excited to share with you some questions and answers that we have prepared in the area of Texas Family Law. If today's blog post piqued your interest and you have any questions on this subject, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, today. One of our licensed family law attorneys is standing by to set up a free-of-charge consultation with you where your questions can be answered.
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Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC | Houston, Texas Divorce Lawyers
The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, routinely handles matters that affect children and families. If you have questions regarding Divorce, it's essential to speak with one of our Houston, TX Child Divorce Lawyers right away to protect your rights.
Our Divorce lawyers in Spring, TX, are skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and developing a strategy to meet those goals. Contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC by calling (281) 810-9760 or submit your contact information in our online form. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, handles Divorce cases in Houston, Texas, Cypress, Klein, Humble, Kingwood, Tomball, The Woodlands, the FM 1960 area, or surrounding areas, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, and Waller County.