Do you need a divorce lawyer? How can you find a good lawyer that you can trust to help you navigate your case with as little stress as possible? Dealing with family law in Utah is never an easy battle for anyone as these cases are always filled with a lot of emotion and intensity. There are a number of things you can do to find a lawyer to help you with this tricky process, and end up with a result that you are satisfied with.
Using One Lawyer
Some couples decide to work out many of the issues on their own. They may have a neutral third party mediate the sessions as they divide assets and other things. If you have a simple case, it can be a simple process. However, most couples have multiple assets that must be divided. If you have children together, this can make the entire process challenging. Hiring a lawyer is a smart decision to make sure both parties are protected. If the divorcing couple will agree on using the same lawyer, it will reduce costs. There are only certain circumstances where a lawyer can handle the divorce for both parties, including the following:
- The couple is to fighting and causing the lawyer to become defensive for both sides
- The couple has agreed on major issues (division of assets, retirement accounts, children, etc.)
- The couple agrees the lawyer is a neutral party and will not fully represent both clients to avoid taking side
- The couple agrees to all terms in writing
- The couple has already worked out the details and need the lawyer to focus on only the paperwork
- If a couple ends up disagreeing during the process, most lawyers will recommend one party choose to involve another lawyer. This is the in the best interest for both parties.
Hiring a Lawyer
Some couples do not feel they need to hire a lawyer. If you are in a divorce case where there has been any form of abuse, a lawyer is necessary. The lawyer will work hard to help you get the arrangement that protects you and your children. Another reason to seek out the help of a lawyer is if you feel that your spouse is not being honest, or they are being deceptive to you and the lawyer. Always hire a lawyer if your spouse has hired one. Most people do not know all the laws pertaining to divorce cases, and you could be financially devastated if you do not have proper legal representation. If you have children, it is prudent that you hire an attorney. Child support is a difficult thing to understand, and it pays to hire someone who will fight for your children’s future.
Paying for a Lawyer
The costs of hiring a lawyer are expensive for most people. If you are concerned about the costs, talk to the lawyer about payment arrangements. Many lawyers can help in this situation. They may also opt to take a portion of the total assets received in the case. Another option you have is to contact your local legal aid office. There are some lawyers that are willing to work pro bono. This means they will take on the case for a smaller amount, or for no cost.
Dealing with Abuse
Many marriages end due to physical abuse. If you are afraid for your life or your children, it is important to communicate this to your lawyer. They can help you find a new place to live, and will work on getting a temporary restraining order. Getting a temporary order for custody is the only way to prevent your spouse from claiming that you have kidnapped them, and trying to take the children from you. Contact Kaufman, Nichols & Kaufman immediately if you are dealing with any type of abuse in your relationship. We are here to help you navigate the complex divorce process with ease.