Writing your own divorce settlement may seem like an attractive and cost-effective option, but it’s important to be aware of the risks involved and consider getting professional legal assistance.
A do-it-yourself divorce settlement could leave you with less financial security than you would receive if you consulted with a legal professional. That’s because attorneys are specially trained in family law and understand many of the nuances that come with drafting a settlement agreement. They also provide practical advice on how to protect yourself should things not go as planned down the road.
Why You Should Hire a Lawyer to Write Your Divorce Settlement
Hiring a lawyer to help you write your divorce settlement from the outset can help you avoid unnecessary delays and expenses down the road.
Unfortunately, many couples choose to write their own divorce settlements rather than seek the advice of a lawyer. What many don't realize, however, is that court must review each settlement and approve it before it can become legally binding.
This process can be quite lengthy and costly if there are any issues with the document. For example, the judge may determine the settlement is unfair to either spouse or contains illegal provisions.
Also, either spouse may experience a change of heart on previously decided issues, and both may need to hire legal counsel anyway to litigate the dispute. Consider the possibility that even you may need to take legal action if you realize at a later date that you agreed to provisions of your divorce settlement that were unfair to you.
Ultimately, a DIY divorce settlement can end up costing you a lot more in time, money, and a fair outcome to your divorce than you might anticipate.
You Can Avoid the Risks with Professional Counsel
Overall, it's best to consult with an attorney when drafting a divorce settlement. Doing so can not only help you avoid legal risks, but it can also ensure that both parties receive a fair and equitable outcome.
Attorneys have the experience to make sure that all your rights and interests are properly addressed in the agreement. They understand the legal complexities involved with divorce settlements and can work hard to protect your best interests.
Contact Us for Legal Assistance
If you’re considering writing your own divorce settlement, take the time to talk to an experienced attorney first.
Consulting a lawyer can lend peace of mind that everything is done correctly, legally, and in a way that best suits both parties' needs. A good lawyer will be able to provide guidance on how to write an effective agreement that addresses all the issues at hand while protecting each person's rights and interests.
You can find this level of service with Kay Polk, Attorney at Law – just contact us online today to learn more.