At the Law Office of Steven M. Bishop, CFLS, we meet with many clients who are unsure of whether or not they need to hire an attorney to handle their divorce. They want to know what benefits an attorney will provide to them, especially if they feel almost everything in their divorce is already resolved.
You will be able to learn more about the process as it applies to your situation.
In California, there are specific laws that apply to different issues which will come up in your divorce. If you have kids, you will need to determine a custody agreement that is in their best interests. You and your spouse’s marital property will be subject to California community property laws, which typically require an equal share for each side.
All of this can quickly become overwhelming and you might not know your rights as your case moves forward. Having an attorney will allow you to understand exactly what options are available to you, and you will be able to ask questions about the potential impact of your decisions. You will not have to guess and hope you are making the right move.
You can get things right the first time.
This is perhaps the biggest benefit to working with an experienced lawyer. So many times we see clients who tried to handle their divorce on their own, or they worked with someone who made major mistakes in their case. Unfortunately, some decisions you make during the divorce cannot be reversed. This means you may be stuck living with the deals you make forever.
Your attorney will be able to ensure any and all agreements which concern your divorce are accurate, complete, and thorough. You will have a clear plan in place which spells out exactly what must be done to handle any disputes which may arise.
You will have an experienced person fighting for you.
Often, people turn to mediators to help them find answers. In California, these individuals do not need to have any qualifications before they can call themselves mediators. They simply advertise their services and try to get as many cases as they can.
When they sit down with the parties, their goal is not to reach an agreement which stands a chance of being long-lasting. They just want to resolve the case quickly so they can move along to the next one.
When you work with an experienced family law attorney, you are going to have someone on your side who is your advocate. This means your rights and wishes will be protected at all times. You will not feel pressured into making a decision just to help make the divorce “go away.” You will be able to focus on getting an agreement that is best for you and your family.
Our attorney, Steven M. Bishop, is a specialist in family law, as certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Bishop has over four decades of experience helping people find answers to difficult divorce problems, and he is confident that he can help you get through this difficult time.
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