Every divorce proceeding is as unique as the two parties divorcing. There are different needs when it comes to emotional support. Families respond differently to the news and divorce proceedings. The assets involved are a testament to the different lives lived by the couples involved in a divorce proceeding; not even the cars are the same as another couples.
Despite the many distinct attributes of each individual divorce proceeding, one thing remains true for every couple: divorce never comes at a convenient time. There will never be an appropriate moment to initiate the separation of a life you have connected to another’s.
Proceedings can become lengthy and time consuming. Asset division will remind you of purchases you had long since forgotten. When all is said and done you will find yourself planning for a life as an individual rather than a couple. For these reasons, among others, it is often helpful to have an advocate on your side.
Do I Need to Hire a Minnesota Divorce Lawyer?
In Minnesota the answer to this question is always, “no.” There is no law requiring that divorcing spouses retain counsel or appear represented during the divorce proceedings. There is, however, a law that says that parties who represent themselves are held to the same standard as attorneys. This includes understanding the types of evidence that are permitted, how to present that evidence, when to file motions and pleadings, and how to go about doing so. Every technicality required by the law will be applied equally. A quick glance at the Minnesota dissolution of marriage statutes will offer some insight into the level of technicalities that may appear during a divorce proceeding. Without sound training and experience a divorcing party may find themselves lost in a river of paperwork without a paddle.
Should I Hire a Divorce Lawyer?
The real question here is if a divorcing party should have an attorney representing their interests. The answer, of course, is most likely going to be “yes.” If you have an uncontested divorce, with no children, and no assets to divide you may be able to represent yourself adequately. In the alternative if cars, homes, paintings, dishes, clothing, bank accounts, credit cards, or electronics (just to name a few) are up for division, you might want to enlist some help. Even if custody appears agreeable during initial conversations with the other party that does not mean they won’t change their tune. Having a court order verifying who will spend Christmas, birthdays, summer vacations, and weekends with the children will avoid last-minute crises.
Mankato Family Lawyer
At Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Offices we understand that your divorce is the most personal event you will ever ask for assistance with. We recognize the stress that divorce will place on your everyday life. We are here to help. We will ensure that your divorce is handled professionally and advocate your interests down to the last detail. Contact our offices today for a free consultation.
*In this article the client requested examples of successful divorces. Unfortunately the only available information we could find came from other law firm’s websites.