Just because you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse are parting amicably does not mean you should forego divorce attorneys. Because the person that you are splitting from is someone you may still have affection and respect for, you may find yourself more compromising than you necessarily should be. Trying to play too nice could have a negative impact on both of you down the line, not solely in the matter of property division but also emotionally. With an experienced divorce attorney mediating and making sure both parties’ interests are taken into consideration, this stressful situation can steer away from the battle of wills most imagine when thinking of divorce.
Keep in mind that while the situation may remain amicable, that may not last forever, or may have a few bumps in the road, which is often true for any relationship between people. Tensions can run high regarding matters of finances, children, and other responsibilities. Let’s say, for example, you bought a home together before you split up; at the time of the divorce you had both agreed that you can keep the house, but didn’t get it on paper. What if at some time down the road your former partner changes his/her mind, and decides he/she would like to sell and take half the profits? These kinds of difficulties can occur without even considering children, the most contentious issue surrounding divorces.
Without documentation, you may be tied up in legal red tape for years, far more stress than determining the situation early on, and your divorce attorney will ensure that it’s handled in a way that holds up to the law.
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