Divorce Resource Advocate Linda Kazares explains when you should consider hiring a divorce attorney.
A lot of people ask me when they should get a divorce attorney. In my case, it’s a little hard to give that type of advice because I never did get an attorney.
There are a lot of reasons for that. We had a very amicable split. We didn’t have children. There were no child custody issues for us.
When I was younger we didn’t have a lot of assets that we needed to worry about so we were very comfortable with deciding between us.
We actually I should say did get an attorney at the very end, just to make sure that all of the paperwork was in place, but we didn’t use the attorney to negotiate our settlement.
My experience with people who I know, frankly an attorney can come in at almost any place in the discussion.
As most people know, however, when you bring an attorney in that’s when the time clock starts and that’s when the invoicing starts and the bills start to come in.
So I think it’s important for you to decide for you, how comfortable are you at that point in your decision process? Do you have all the information you need to actually bring the attorney in? Do you know what questions you want to ask?
A lot of times you won’t until you get in front of the attorney but start writing things down, the type of information based on all the research that you have done at this point.
Start jotting your notes down and decide what are the questions, what’s important to you, so that when you do go to the attorney you have the right questions to ask.
And when you are with the attorney map out a plan with them so that it doesn’t become a runaway financial obligation that you might not be prepared to take.
About Linda Kazares:
She is the author of several marketing books and was a consultant to Fortune 500 technology companies. During her 35+ years as an entrepreneur, she has been divorced twice, produced of 50 conferences and has been married for 13 years happily for a third and final time. She has created the ConnectedIn Divorce Resource website to make available qualified information and education for individuals considering, in the process of or after divorce.