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If I Expect an Amicable Divorce, Do I Really Need a Lawyer?

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You and your spouse have always been civil with one another, but you two both agree that you would be better off divorced. Due to your positive relationship with each other, you anticipate an amicable divorce. It might even be an uncontested divorce, or you both might mutually agree to the terms without much, if any, heated arguments. But that does not mean that you do not need a lawyer. Even when cooperating with your spouse in an agreeable way as you decide on the terms of your divorce, there are some issues that a lawyer can help you address.

6 Reasons You Need an Attorney Even if Your Divorce Is Uncontested

Among the benefits of having an experienced attorney by your side even during an amicable divorce are:

  1. Advocacy—It always helps to have someone in your corner, especially during a divorce. You are only one person, after all, and there could be all sorts of things in your best interests that you might not realize. With the advocacy of a detail-oriented lawyer to assist you, a fair and equitable divorce settlement is much more likely.

  2. Mediation—Even the friendliest of divorcing spouses can get under each other’s skin. This is never truer than with mediation and collaborative divorce. In those cases, you two are working toward an agreement without stringent court supervision, supposedly amicably, but some issues pertinent to the divorce, such as details concerning spousal support and child custody, can become contentious. That is why having a lawyer there to mediate is helpful since he or she can help maintain order and calmness.  

  3. Expediency—If you have a lawyer involved from the beginning, you can expect every courtroom procedure to be followed correctly. In addition, every document will be properly filed with the court; and all other legal matters tended to in such a way as to make the divorce process speedy, efficient, and accurate.

  4. Sound Legal Advice—You do not know the law as a lawyer does; with the counsel of an attorney, you will be able to make more informed decisions about your divorce that may benefit you in the future.

  5. Protecting Your Rights—Since an experienced lawyer has a comprehensive understanding of the law, he or she can make sure your rights are protected throughout the divorce proceedings. This ensures that you are not taken advantage of by your spouse or your spouse’s lawyer, no matter how cordial things might seem.

  6. Anticipating the Future—If this is your first divorce, you might not know much about the process. Divorce lawyers, on the other hand, have spent years resolving divorce issues, and they have likely seen everything. They can guide you toward making informed decisions that better anticipate the future. Although you may not be able to fully anticipate what happens down the road, you and your lawyer can always create post-divorce modifications if necessary.

Contact a Downers Grove Divorce Lawyer

No matter how civil your relationship is with your spouse, no matter how productive and positive you expect the amicable divorce to be, a lawyer can assist you with the legal details of ending your marriage. The qualified and compassionate team at SBK Law Group will help you navigate the legal steps with your best interests in mind. Call our dedicated DuPage County divorce attorneys today at 630-427-4407 to schedule a confidential consultation. 

Sources:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/mar/16/five-lessons-having-an-amicable-divorce
https://thriveglobal.com/stories/how-to-go-through-divorce-amicably/
https://www.parlemag.com/2020/06/what-to-do-in-a-divorce-10-tips-for-a-amicable-divorce/

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