Rhode Island residents, along with the rest of the country, have felt the effects of the economy. Individuals are finding many ways to cut back and save. However, there are certain things in life that individuals may not want to cut back on financially. One of these things is divorce.
Separating and the legal process can be a very challenging experience. The vast number of issues that come along with separating from a spouse can create emotional stress due to the fear of the unknown, as well as the financial strain. However, for those individuals that choose to handle their divorce without working with a mediator or lawyer, there may be additional challenges. When individuals do not fully understand the process, they risk agreeing to terms surrounding child custody or property division that they don't truly understand or want.
Additionally, the spouse without legal representation may risk having particular evidence excluded in a trial setting. If one's spouse chooses to have legal representation, their attorney will understand court procedure and know how to introduce evidence that the spouse representing him- or herself would not.
One of the main issues in a divorce is the division of assets of the couple. An attorney will need to separate marital property from non-marital property. This can be a difficult task for spouses to do themselves when they are struggling emotionally. When individuals struggle emotionally, they risk not being able to separate logic from their heart. Family law professionals are able to be fully invested in the financial and emotional health of their clients, but retain the ability to remain objective.
Rhode Islanders struggling with a divorce should consider all available options. Family law professionals can assess one's individual case and make sure that the individual understand not only the substantive issues surrounding the divorce, but the procedures involved in the divorce process well. The more one can understand, the stronger and more confident the individual will be as they prepare for a new chapter in his or her life.
Source: The Huffington Post, "DIY Divorce: Why You Should Think Twice Before Divorcing Without A Lawyer", Aug. 14, 2013