Divorce can be one of the most stressful events of a person’s life and the stress can have negative impacts on your life for years to come.   So why would anyone take on these challenges alone, without an attorney?

In a 2009 study conducted by sociologists Linda Waite and Mary Elizabeth Hughes of the University of Chicago, research showed that divorced or widowed individuals are 20 percent more likely than married people to have chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. In addition, they also showed 23 percent more mobility limitations, such as trouble climbing stairs or walking. The study, which examined the marital history and health indicators for 8,652 people between the ages of 51 and 61, focused on four categories: chronic health conditions, mobility, depressive symptoms and self-assessment. The results of the study support the contention that those who experience a divorce or the death of a spouse have long-term negative consequences related to their health.

With your health and happiness at risk, you need the support and guidance of a family law attorney.  Having someone on your side to assist you in making decisions and giving you sound advice, you can get through a divorce with the minimal amount of financial, physical, and emotional damage possible.  One of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to handle their divorce on their own because they percieve the pocess to be agreeable.  If you feel as though your divorce is going to be easy and simple, that is likely becuase you do not understand the complexities of the law and what you have at risk.

Not every divorce has to be contentious, and the best family law attorneys minimize contention and focus on resolving issues in your best interests.  That means, in order to make sound decisions, you must have a full understanding of your legal rights and responsibilities.  You do not have to waste all of your assets paying an attorney.  In fact, a good attorney can help you save money and stress in the long run.  Pick up the phone and call around.  Consult with several attorneys in your area.  Many offer free consultations.

Many times people come to my office with post divorce issues, with problems that have carried over from their divorce.  Whether it be financial or issues with children, there is almost always something that an unrepresented person missed, overlooked, or never thought of during their divorce.  It is more difficult, more costly, and sometimes impossible to fix mistakes made during a divorce by a someone representing themself.  You get one bite at the apple, do it right.

With so much stress in your life brought on by the ending of a marriage, you need a voice to help you make sound decisions.   Yes, you do need an attorney.

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