Divorce can be stressful and expensive, which is why many couples try to go through the process without the help of an attorney. They may reason that if they can come to some sort of agreement between themselves when it comes to children and support as well as the division of property, then they don't need to consult with a family law lawyer.
While this may be legally permissible in some areas, it's also very shortsighted. Note a few reasons why no divorcing couple should go without at least consulting with a family law lawyer during their separation.
The law may work differently than you assume
Very often divorcing couples forego the use of a family law attorney because they assume they know how the law will work in their case. They may assume that the mother automatically gets primary custody of children, that a woman gets the family home, and so on.
In truth, laws may not work as you assume and they may also change over time. Even if you know of a couple who divorced recently and they explain how the law worked for their case, those laws may have changed since then.
Rather than assuming how your divorce case will play out in the courts, it's good to consult with a family law lawyer. This will ensure your rights are protected and that your agreement takes into account the laws as they're currently spelled out.
You may not be considering how your own situation will change
Once you have an agreement between you and your ex-spouse in place, it may not be very easy to change it. This is why it's good to note how the agreement will change over time, if needed. For example, if you don't set a time limit or other limits as to spousal support, you may wind up paying that support even if your ex-spouse gets remarried or gets a job, or gets a significant raise at his or her job. You may also be obligated to pay even if you lose your own job.
A family law lawyer will be familiar with common changes to situations between ex-spouses and how they should be addressed in their divorce agreements. This will ensure that the agreement works for each one's long-term benefit, and will help to prevent the need to argue for a new agreement in the future, as circumstances change.
For more information, check out companies such as Ian Harper & Co Specialist Family Lawyers.