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Why You Need a Divorce Lawyer

Divorce can be expensive, and the added cost of retaining a divorce attorney might have you wondering if you really need one. Before you make a costly mistake, you need to seriously consider the important role that a lawyer fulfills in the divorce process. Here are several good reasons why you should hire a divorce attorney.

A divorce attorney knows the laws in your state. Unless you know how to research laws and what to do if a change in law occurs, it's a good idea to hire a lawyer. Changes in the law may affect the outcome of your divorce. Having an experienced family law attorney will ensure that you have the most current information as it applies to the laws in your state.

An attorney knows what pleadings and paperwork are required. Divorce comes with a healthy amount of paperwork. Your lawyer will not only be able to draft the required documents and motions, but he/she will know how to respond to requests by opposing counsel.  Timing matters with most filings and discovery, and your attorney is familiar with those deadlines.

A divorce lawyer will consult with other professionals. Your divorce attorney will be in constant communication with you, the client. He/she may also be responsible for meeting with other attorneys, as well as accountants, social workers, trained medical personnel, and other experts who may assist in your matter.

A divorce attorney may catch something that you miss. Are you aware of all your marital assets, and do you know how to divide them? Do you know the distinctions between marital and non-marital property, and how to trace them?  Your lawyer is trained to catch the things that you may miss.

An attorney can help when the process gets emotional. Sometimes the battle gets emotional and people can get vicious. A skilled lawyer will be able to work through a difficult situation with professionalism and objectivity.

When you hire an attorney, you have an advocate. You will need support going through this difficult time. Why not hire someone who will fight for you and your needs.

Too many people try to get divorced without an attorney. If you go it alone, it can take hours of preparation before realizing what you need to do and you are simply not trained to do it. Many times, the divorce gets too emotional for those involved. A divorce attorney will guide you through the process.


If you are considering divorce and need the assistance of an experienced lawyer to help you work through some of these issues, then please contact Linda Sorg Ostovitz at or 301-575-0381.




Linda Sorg Ostovitz is a family law attorney. Her legal experience spans more than 34 years. In this time, she has served as a leader, educator and advocate. Mrs. Ostovitz holds a prestigious fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Currently, she serves as President for the Business Women’s Network of Howard County, by which she was chosen Woman of Distinction for 2014. Mrs. Ostovitz represents clients in Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll and Baltimore Counties. Her practice focuses exclusively on divorce litigation and mediation, child custody and access, child support, alimony, business valuation, as well as property and asset distribution. In addition to providing legal representation in court, Mrs. Ostovitz provides mediation services to help families come to a fair and legally-sound conclusion outside of the traditional court proceedings.






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