Do I need an attorney?

Depending on your situation you may or may not need an attorney if you are facing a divorce from your spouse.

There are some people who have purchased commercially available "divorce packages" to represent themselves in obtaining a divorce. While these packages differ greatly in their assistance level, the ability to obtain your own divorce is completely legal, and such divorces are done routinely.

When do I need an attorney?

If you have children, own real property (home), a retirement account with your employer, are in the military, or have substantial holdings or community debt, you should consult an attorney immediately.

What if my spouse has an attorney, do I need one?

If any of the above situations apply to you and your spouse has an attorney, you should seek the help of an attorney. Many times parties will attempt to use one attorney to obtain a divorce. While this is legal and many times no problems arise, you should understand that your spouses attorney represents your spouse and your spouse only. He or she cannot represent you and should not attempt to give you advice. Even if you decide to use one attorney, you should seriously consider consulting an attorney to go over any agreement you are planning to sign.

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