Do I need a lawyer for my Texas divorce? It’s a common question. Sometimes, to save money, people will see what they can do to go through a divorce without a lawyer. There are resources available to help you do it, and there is no law that requires people to have a divorce attorney.
Still, the court holds individuals to the same high standards that it holds lawyers. If you handle your own divorce case, Texas family courts will expect you to know which documents to file, how the process works, and the rules of court.
Getting a Divorce Decree Without a Lawyer
Further, your divorce decree will be just as binding if you do not have a lawyer (unless there are unusual circumstances). That means that you will be held to child support orders, property division decisions and parenting plans ordered by the court. This could be good news – representing yourself can be very effective.
However, it can also be very bad news. What if you aren’t fully aware of the best ways to protect your rights in a divorce? What if you’re missing critical details? You could be agreeing to an unfavorable outcome that a good attorney would have protected you from.
Remember, your divorce is one of the most significant life events you may experience. It should take priority. In the same way that you wouldn’t handle your own surgery after only doing internet research, you shouldn’t handle your own legal affairs without experienced help.
That’s why it is extremely important to talk with a lawyer, especially if any of the following things are true:
- You are a victim of domestic violence and are afraid for your safety
- You have a disability or have a child with a disability
- Your spouse already has a lawyer
- You have a lot of debt or important property, like a home, retirement accounts or a business
- You need spousal maintenance/alimony
- You think it’s likely that your spouse may not be acting fairly
Having an Attorney Means You Don’t Have to Do It Alone
Walking into a Texas courtroom by yourself can be one of the most intimidating things you ever do. If you have a lawyer by your side, you don’t have to go alone. When you walk into the room and see the judge, your ex and maybe even your ex’s lawyer, you’ll know that you have someone experienced and knowledgeable by your side. You’ll have someone to tell your side of the story and to forcefully advocate for the best possible outcome.
Thinking You May Need a Lawyer?
If you think you might need a divorce attorney, it’s worth it to schedule a consultation. At the Ft. Worth office of the Schneider Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys can answer your questions about divorce, guide you through the process and help you achieve the best possible results. Call 817-755-1852 to talk with us about your situation.