The Role Lawyers Play in a Divorce Case (and why you may not need one)

There are many divorce cases in which it would be in your best interest to hire good legal representation. If you are aware that your divorce is going to come with a lot of complicated decisions and arrangements and details, it can make all the difference to seek out an attorney with years of divorce experience, who knows the divorce laws within your state very well and who you will feel comfortable working with.

When Having a Lawyer is a Good Idea

In a contested divorce, an attorney can be extremely valuable. When a divorce is considered contested, it means that you and your spouse have been unable to come to an agreement about what each of should get out of the divorce proceedings.

There can be several factors to be decided in a contested divorce:

  • Division of financial assets and property
  • Debt responsibility
  • Alimony (or spousal support)
  • Child custody and support

Contested divorces can go on for as long as it takes for both involved parties to reach an agreement, which can sometimes be a very long process. Having a good attorney in these cases can make the proceedings go a little more smoothly, and your attorney will also be helpful in the discovery process, when they will gather all the information they need to help them prove that the requests you have made are justified. A good divorce lawyer will be even more important if you and your spouse are unable to reach a settlement and your divorce case must go to trial.

When Lawyers may not be Necessary

Of course not all divorces proceed in such a complicated manner, and fortunately, in Illinois, you have a simpler option.  If you and your spouse are on the same page about what you want out of your divorce proceedings, you could be prime candidates for what is known in Illinois as a DIY divorce. We offer a comprehensive DIY divorce program that comes with all the necessary legal documentation you’ll need to file, as well as a helpful series of video tutorials that will explain how to file for divorce in Illinois without a lawyer. Our program was developed to help couples who are looking for an efficient divorce option – and also one that allows them to make their own decisions with confidence. We want to help you move on with your life without having to go into debt to get there.