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Why Use an Attorney in a Divorce Case?

Business woman and lawyers discussing contract papers with brass scale on wooden desk in office.Using an attorney in a divorce case can provide numerous benefits, including:

  1. Legal Expertise: Family law attorneys have specialized knowledge and expertise in divorce law. They can explain your rights, options, and legal obligations, ensuring that you fully understand the legal implications of decisions you make during the divorce process.
  2. Objective Advice: Emotions can run high during divorce proceedings, clouding judgment and leading to impulsive decisions. An attorney can provide objective advice and perspective, helping you make decisions based on logic and reason rather than emotion.
  3. Guidance Through Complex Procedures: Divorce involves navigating complex legal procedures, paperwork, and deadlines. An attorney can guide you through the process, ensuring that you meet all legal requirements and deadlines and avoid costly mistakes or delays.
  4. Negotiation Skills: Many divorce cases involve negotiation and settlement discussions to reach agreements on issues such as property division, child custody, and spousal support. An experienced attorney can negotiate on your behalf, advocating for your interests and striving to achieve favorable outcomes.
  5. Protection of Rights: Without legal representation, you may be at risk of being taken advantage of or having your rights overlooked during divorce proceedings. An attorney can protect your legal rights and ensure that your interests are represented and advocated for throughout the process.
  6. Resolution of Disputes: Divorce often involves disputes and conflicts between spouses regarding various issues. An attorney can help resolve disputes through negotiation, mediation, or, if necessary, litigation in court, working to reach fair and equitable resolutions.
  7. Legal Documentation: Divorce requires the preparation and filing of numerous legal documents, including petitions, motions, agreements, and court filings. An attorney can prepare and review these documents on your behalf, ensuring that they are accurate, complete, and in compliance with legal requirements.
  8. Reduced Stress: Divorce is inherently stressful, but having an attorney to handle legal matters can alleviate some of that stress. By entrusting legal aspects of the divorce to a professional, you can focus on your emotional well-being and moving forward with your life.
  9. Legal Support and Representation: In the event that your divorce case goes to court, having an attorney by your side provides you with legal support and representation in front of a judge. An attorney can present your case effectively, cross-examine witnesses, and advocate for your interests in court.
  10. Post-Divorce Planning: An attorney can also provide guidance and advice on post-divorce matters such as modifying custody or support orders, enforcing court orders, or addressing any legal issues that may arise after the divorce is finalized.

Overall, hiring a family law attorney can help you navigate the divorce process more effectively, protect your rights, and achieve the best possible outcome for your future.


Heather Scalzo is a family court litigator with 20 years of courtroom experience. She represents clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce matters, child and spousal support actions, child custody cases, adoptions, abuse and neglect cases brought by DSS and juvenile criminal defense cases.