Why and When You Need a Divorce Lawyer

Posted on January 18, 2016 03:15pm
Why and When You Need a Divorce Lawyer

Ending a marriage can be a very difficult decision for a person to make. They may be worrying about upcoming proceedings or how life will go on after a divorce. With so many decisions linked to ending a marriage, such as property division, child custody, child and spousal support, and more, it can feel overwhelming without the support of someone who knows how all of these elements work. That is where the Oregon divorce lawyers at McKinley Irvin can help. You don’t have to go through your divorce alone.

Do I Really Need a Divorce Attorney?

With so many complexities ingrained within divorces, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney who has a comprehensive and nuanced familiarity with Oregon divorce law. We can help relieve your anxiety about the divorce process by advising you on how to protect your best interests, especially if you cannot reach an agreement about the terms of your divorce with your spouse.

When is it Time to Speak With an Attorney?

If any of the below scenarios are true, now is an excellent time to get in touch with a divorce lawyer at McKinley Irvin:

  • You are considering filing for divorce
  • You think you want a divorce, but are unsure of what your options are or how to proceed
  • Your spouse has served you with divorce papers
  • Your spouse is currently speaking with a divorce attorney
  • You suspect that your spouse wants a divorce
  • You suspect that your spouse is intentionally spending or hiding your marital assets

How Can a Divorce Lawyer Help?

The more complex your divorce, the more it is in your best interests to work with an attorney who can help protect your rights. If you are wondering how complex your divorce might be, consider the following:

  • The more assets you and your spouse own, the more difficult it will be to divide those assets in a fair manner. Some examples of assets that must be divided in a divorce include real estate, savings accounts, retirement accounts, and business interests.
  • If you and your spouse have children together who are under the age of 18, you will have to negotiate the issue of child custody either outside of court or during a trial.
  • If you are seeking alimony or child support, this can increase the complexity of your divorce.

The decisions made in a divorce can affect the rest of your future life. While it is possible to handle a divorce on your own, it may result in an unfair settlement agreement that you may not understand. Modifying these agreements later on can be expensive, and will necessitate a lawyer. Handling your divorce intelligently and efficiently the first time can save you the trouble and expense of having to deal with it again later on. With the help of a lawyer, you can rest assured that you won’t sign anything without understanding it first.

Because no two cases are alike, we invite you to contact McKinley Irvin now to learn more about how we can help with your particular case. We serve clients throughout Oregon from our office in Portland. Get started by setting up an appointment with a member of our team today.

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