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What happens when you don’t use a lawyer for a divorce?

By August 8, 2022August 10th, 2022Divorce

Believe it or not, to get an uncontested divorce in the state of Virginia, you do not need an attorney. That’s right – you can file for divorce yourself!

However, many couples who have been through this process will tell you that filing for divorce yourself is a big mistake. Some lose out on their entire pensions, while others are left with a debt they simply can’t afford. Add child support, alimony, and property division into the mix, and a DIY divorce can be a recipe for disaster.

If you live in Roanoke or anywhere throughout Virginia and are considering getting a divorce, here are three reasons why hiring our experienced divorce attorneys at Slovensky Law is better than managing your divorce yourself:

1.) No matter how much research you do, it doesn’t compare to the extensive legal advice an experienced attorney can provide.

While you may look up various laws and find numerous forms, understanding how those laws are put into practice, and the precedent behind them is an entirely different process. 

Our lawyers at Slovensky Law understand the laws and procedures surrounding divorce down to the finest detail, which can help you avoid any unnecessary mistakes that could jeopardize both your divorce and your financial future.

2.) Divorce is a stressful time - and trying to manage the legal process of your divorce doesn’t make it any easier.

Let’s face it – divorce is one of the most challenging things a person, couple, or family can go through. 

And, if you are responsible for representing yourself and your interests, that stress level will only increase – causing further resentment for your situation and your spouse. 

If children are involved, this can be detrimental to your family as a whole and the emotional well-being of everyone. 

An attorney will fight on your behalf to ensure that your interests are taken care of. Slovensky Law will serve as your ally – rising above any drama to negotiate a dissolution of marriage that is fair.

3.) You may lose assets or not receive all that you are entitled to.

There are three main risks when you file a divorce yourself instead of hiring an experienced attorney.

You risk:

  • Not receiving all that you are entitled to, such as alimony, child support, etc.
  • Losing almost everything (such as your pension or 401k), or 
  • Being left with an excessive debt you cannot pay.

Slovensky Law knows how to divide property and assets – however big or small – to protect your interests and ensure that each party receives what they are entitled to under the law. This includes beneficiary information, deeds, child visitation, and more.

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