Do divorce yourself? Hire a lawyer? It depends…

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

In today’s economy, we are all trying to cut expenses and save money.  So if you think you can do your own divorce without counsel, you may be falling into the trap of being penny wise and pound foolish!

In a marriage where there are no liabilities, no children or no assets, ok, go it alone or pro se as it is called, when you do not have a divorce lawyer.   You will be working with court house personnel who cannot guide you, advise you or explain what you need to do.  Divorce is still paper intensive and you may or may not know how to fill out the forms or set a hearing for the divorce.

But, and this is a big but, where there are children, custody battles, child support disputes, questionable income, obscure assets or possibly hidden assets, or if your spouse is self employed, works on a cash basis, hasn’t filed tax returns in years, or other complex technicalities, you would be foolish to not have an attorney representing you.

By far, the worst case scenario is where your spouse has a divorce lawyer and you do not.  Guess who the fool is in that case!

So in deciding whether to retain a divorce lawyer or not, think about what is at stake.  For more information call one of the attorneys at ROBIN
ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com.

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