The Many Downsides of Self-Representation in Divorce

If you’re going through a divorce in Connecticut and are concerned about money, you might think about forgoing legal counsel and representing yourself. This is not a good idea for a number of reasons, and could leave you with a situation that comes back to haunt you in the months and years to come.

At a recent presentation, Chase T. Rodgers, Chief Justice of the CT Supreme Court, shared a startling statistic: the number of people representing themselves in Connecticut divorce cases has more than doubled since 2005. There are a number of reasons why people should work with experienced divorce attorney as they approach the dissolution of marriage:

  • Stress reduction: The legal system can be overwhelming and it can be difficult for the average person to understand their rights and obligations. A divorce attorney keeps you informed and advocates on your behalf, allowing you to worry about more important things as you move to the next stage in your life.
  • Avoiding key mistakes: There are countless pitfalls you need to avoid as you proceed with your divorce. You may forget to address an important issue, only to realize later that you’ve made a huge mistake. A lawyer will help you account for everything you need to cover in your final divorce decree.
  • Better agreements: Experienced divorce lawyers know how to develop strong settlements that protect your best interests now and in the future. With the help of a legal professional you can set up a clear and binding agreement.
  • A quicker process: Overall, the process goes much more smoothly and quickly when you have an attorney working for you. This allows you to reach better resolutions and finalize your divorce more quickly than would otherwise be possible.

Although there are some expenses associated with hiring a divorce attorney, it’s an investment well worth making. To get started, contact the Stamford family lawyers at Siegel, Reilly & Kaufman, LLC.