Going through a divorce is one of the most difficult times in someone’s life. Even worse, the world around you does not stop that includes things like work, bills, and children. Most people try to find efficient ways to get around having to hire an attorney to handle a divorce, but the truth of the matter is most divorces are not as simple as they are made out to be. Many people have attempted to handle their case as a pro se litigant, meaning without the representation of an attorney, but a qualified divorce attorney can ensure you get all you are entitled to.
To begin, some rules and procedures must be followed which can vary from the state, county, even down to the exact courtroom you are in. As a pro se litigant, taking matters into your own hands requires you to be familiar with all applicable laws, precedents, and rules that apply to every pleading. When these rules, deadlines, and court requirements are not followed it can bring many forms of consequences to a pro se party. A pro se litigant can be sanctioned by the Court if they do not comply with procedures and rules, meaning they will incur greater costs to help fix the mistakes and setbacks they bring into a case. Filings may be rejected for forgetting a fee, and worse a case may be dismissed. With errors like these, most cases can occur many mistakes and delays in the process. In a Texas divorce case, the primary sources of law and rules are found within the Texas Family Code and the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. However, laws and rules are ever-changing as new laws become enacted and keeping up can sometimes feel impossible. Hiring an attorney that has familiarized themselves with the Texas Family Code and Texas Rules of Civil Procedure is important to ensure your case is handled properly. Having an attorney that is knowledgeable in their field of law helps avoid common delays and mistakes that a pro se litigant might make unknowingly.
Secondly, being a pro se in a case where the other party is represented by an attorney can be a disadvantage, especially in cases that involve a home, children, and financial issues. This is just as truthful in cases where both parties attempt to pursue as pro se litigants. It is often hard to work with the person you are divorcing from in an amicable manner that can lead to even more issues. Lawyers are skilled in negotiation and worried about what’s in the best interest of you. Not understanding what you are entitled to, can leave a pro se litigant to agree to something which could diminish their rights. An attorney is here to offer expert advice on issues to help protect those best interests when complicated issues like marital assets, debts, and child support and custody come into play. Unfortunately, most pro se litigants do not have time to sacrifice to work on their case while dealing with their daily lives that include working and caring for children. However, most people also do not realize the substantial amount of time and effort that goes into a divorce case, and the quality of work can be sacrificed if it is not made a priority. With an attorney, you are provided certainty that your case will tend to with quality effort. Lastly, emotional stress a person goes through in the duration of divorce is enough. Hiring an attorney is a great way to reduce stress since the attorney will be handling most of the work. Restoring mental health should be more of a person’s concern after a divorce, rather than worrying about the countless legal work that goes into a divorce.
Lastly, but the most important reason that stops people from seeking legal help is cost. Most people are certain they can obtain the goals they want in a case with little to no money but may end up sacrificing their rights in the end. In cases where there are marital assets and children, most people are willing to fight for rights to both, with this comes the discovery phase of a divorce. Yet, most people do not understand the time and effort discovery requests can impose on a case, and most people are not just willing to walk away empty handed. Discovery can be time-consuming and costly, and knowing where to begin as a pro se party can end with a headache. Even in cases that involve no marital assets or children, the quickest cost-efficient method can require you to relinquish your rights for equitable support, including spousal support. Receiving all a person is entitled to begin with making sure the person is strongly represented by an attorney that will know how to negotiate on your behalf. Also, many people are not educated on the requirement of court costs and filing fees. Every court appearance and filing fee bears a cost that may not always be convenient for a pro se litigant. This is another great reason to consider hiring a divorce attorney because common mistakes such as missing a fee can permit delays to get your case resolved. The knowledge of an attorney can help ensure that your case moves through the process smoothly without delays or mistakes.
A divorce attorney is there to help you through your toughest times when it seems like your world is falling apart. An attorney is there to offer the expert advice you seek and can inform a person of their rights and what they may be entitled to. An attorney familiarise themselves with all rules and laws to ensure your case is handled as smoothly as possible throughout the legal process. An attorney bears all burdens to assist in resolving the matter in the most amicable way possible to help ease the emotional stress while a person is rehabilitating. An attorney is there for you to make sure the process is not endured alone. The next time you consider if you should hire an attorney, please reconsider and remember these imperative reasons mentioned before.
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