People often ask can I get divorced without a lawyer? Well, it’s certainly possible. But I don’t think it’s a good idea.
It would be much better to get an uncontested divorce with a lawyer.
And check out some of the problems with a divorce without a lawyer.
Screwing up the procedure
When dealing with the court, certain procedure must be followed. If it is not, you will not be successful. A divorce is not a one day thing. This poses a problem for many people. First, the process can be difficult to understand. Second, even if the prices is figure it out it can be hard to make time to get to court to handle it. Then, if there are mistakes made, problems are compounded.
Screwing up the substance
Many people want to get divorced without a lawyer in Illinois because they think they don’t need one. It makes me think of that old saying, you don’t know what you don’t know.
I have not yet had one client call me this has recognized all the issues present in a divorce.
Even people who think they have an extremely simple divorce can have issues to deal with that they did not anticipate.
One common area of concern is dealing with a house that both parties own, but that the plan to sell.
Other frequent concerns are dealing with child custody, visitation, child support, assets, and debt. Handling debt the right way can be as important as handling assets the right way.
A strange phone call
People from all over Illinois call me about uncontested divorce. Cook County, Will County, County, DuPage County, and others. The other day a woman called me and asked if she could live in the same house as her husband after her divorce.
I said “yes,” and she said “okay thanks,” and then there was silence. I asked if that was all he needed, she said”yes” – then hung up.
So there was a person who apparently though she would handle her own divorce, but clearly did not understand the basics.
Sometimes people think if they get an answer to just one question, they can handle everything without a lawyer. That’s not the case. For those people, they surely need more answers, they just don’t realize it. Even simple situations need to be handled correctly.
Contact a DuPage County divorce lawyer
You can contact me at 312-554-5433 or online. We can chat on the phone and I can learn a bit out your case. Once you retain me for an affordable flat fee, I expect your divorce to occur smoothly where you only have to appear in court once.