For many people, the thought of spending their hard-earned money on an attorney for their divorce case is something they would prefer to avoid. Instead, they rely on the standard forms found online and try their luck with the “quick and simple” divorce. Many times, this results in a Mother agreeing to a 50/50 custody split desperately sought by the Father as a method of avoiding a child support obligation.
In a previous action I handled, the Mother and Father agreed to a 50/50 custody split at the time of divorce and neither party had an attorney. At the hearing, the judge told them he would likely be seeing them within twelve months to consider a modification action. The judge was correct, we had to file a modification action for a variety of reasons within the first year because the 50/50 custody split was not working for the child’s best interest. It perhaps helped the Mother receive a quick and simple divorce, but she paid for it in the subsequent months when the custody papers were ineffective. The story is similar for many other litigants who try to represent themselves in a divorce action.
As an attorney who is experienced in domestic relations law, I highly recommend that you never represent yourself in a divorce action. While finances are often times very tight during a separation, money spent on an attorney oftentimes is one of your best investments in a lifetime. If you have minor children or have been married for many years, your divorce will likely be a life-changing event with repercussions to last for many, many years. Abraham Lincoln once said, “he who represents himself has a fool for an attorney.” I think that old adage still holds true today despite the vast array of information available online.
Throughout your divorce, your family law attorney will provide you with guidance, advice, and advocacy to make sure your rights and your assets are protected. In addition to helping you navigate the court system and paperwork, an experienced attorney will work with you to craft an effective strategy —and advise you on managing your interactions with your soon to be ex-spouse.
If you are contemplating representing yourself in a Georgia divorce, I suggest you at least meet with a qualified family law attorney to discuss the issues in your case. Many times the issues that become the most problematic down the road are the ones that a do-it-yourselfer did not even know existed. At Durden & Mills, PC, we have handled hundreds and hundreds of divorce and custody cases in the past. As your attorney, we can leverage our past experiences to help you obtain the most favorable results in your divorce matter for the immediate and long term future.
If you or a loved one are facing a divorce or in need of assistance in a child support or child custody decision, you need the help of an experienced Georgia family law attorney to guide you through the process. The experienced family law attorneys at Durden & Mills, PC can assist you. Call us at (706) 543-4708.