Making the Tough Decision to Hire an Attorney for Divorce

Hire an Attorney for Divorce - Maples Family Law in Stockton, CA

You’re thinking about divorce.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a while, or maybe you’re just keeping your options on the table.

No matter your circumstances, making the decision to hire an attorney for divorce is a big one—and it’s one you can’t afford to take lightly. Divorce is a complicated process, and if you’re a parent, it affects you and your children. If you’re considering divorce, or if your spouse has already started the process, it may make sense for you to talk to a family lawyer in Stockton who will understand where you’re coming from, answer your questions, and help you make the tough decisions you need to make at this point.

Making the Tough Decision to Hire an Attorney for Divorce

Even if neither you nor your spouse has filed yet, you should consider hiring an attorney or consulting with one to find out what your options are. You don’t have to figure this all out on your own.

Divorce Law is Complex

California divorce laws can be complicated, but even if your case is straightforward and won’t be contested, it’s important that you know you’ll be held to the same standard as attorneys are held to when you show up in court. You’ll need to know what forms to file, where to show up, and even what to do next, and if your spouse has a lawyer, you’ll be responsible for arguing your case better than he or she does.

Family Lawyers Can Offer You Options You May Not Know About

Your attorney will be able to evaluate your case and give you options to resolve it that you may not be familiar with. When it comes to spousal support, child custody, and other issues, your lawyer’s experience in—and out of—the courtroom will be a tremendous help (and it will give you peace-of-mind, too).

You Need Objective, Reasonable Advice

While your friends and family want only the best for you, the advice they give you—even if it worked for them—may not be the best advice to follow in your situation. Every case is vastly different, which means your lawyer will need to anticipate issues before they arise, provide you with legal advice that helps you get the best possible outcome in court, and keep a clear head when things become heated between you and your spouse.

Your lawyer can also help you negotiate a divorce settlement that’s fair to everyone involved while looking out for your best interests.

Before You Hire an Attorney for Divorce

It’s always okay to interview lawyers before you find one that you “click” with. However, to find the attorney that’s the right fit for you:

  • Be realistic with your expectations. Your lawyer can only work within the constraints of the law, which means you most likely won’t find an attorney who will promise to take every penny your ex has and lock him or her in prison for life.
  • Keep your eye on the goal. The bottom line is that your goal is to dissolve your marriage—but sometimes emotions get in the way. If your emotions take control of your case, your divorce will take longer (and cost more), so you need a lawyer with a cool head and extensive experience in family law.

Do You Need to Hire an Attorney for Divorce?

Regardless of how you ended up here, you’re not alone.

Call us at 209-910-9865 to talk to an experienced, knowledgeable Stockton divorce lawyer who understands what you’re going through—and who has the resources to help. We can give you case-specific legal advice that leads you to the best possible outcome for you and your family.