Four Reasons to Hire a Divorce Lawyer in South Africa
With information now freely available about many legal processes, many people opt to get divorced without using the services of a divorce lawyer, similar to self-diagnosing using information from the internet, rather than getting a professional medical opinion. However, when it comes to getting a divorce, the DIY method is certainly not recommended. Below are the reasons why it is better to make use of a divorce lawyer, rather than attempting to go the route on your own.
- Gain professional assistance
Many of the legal implications of a divorce are not apparent until a few months or even years after the divorce. Others create complications right from the outset. Questions such as who should get the fridge, who should get the dogs, who should pay maintenance, etc. must be answered. The divorce lawyer understands the legal implications and is able to give you the legal guidance necessary to help you avoid costly pitfalls.
- Reduce the risk of mistakes
Divorce is a stressful matter. It places tremendous strain on the family and affects your financial status, parental rights, family relations, and your social life. During this period, it can be difficult to think clearly and mistakes are inevitable because of the emotional stress. A divorce lawyer is not directly involved in the emotional turmoil and is thus able to be objective. With such, the divorce lawyer does not make mistakes because of emotional stress.
- Benefit from a proper agreement
A DIY agreement does not make provision for everything associated with separating from your partner. Keep in mind that it is a legal document and errors in the agreement can cause you to suffer financial and emotional harm. You need to ensure that the agreement is fair and that it meets the legal requirements. The wording is extremely important. A lawyer understands the legal terms, and is therefore able to draft and review the divorce agreement with your best interest at heart.
- Reduce the risk of delays
As with any legal process, divorce entails a great deal of paperwork. Mistakes in the documentation and misunderstandings can lead to delays, which extend the emotional trauma experienced by all involved. The lawyer ensures that the correct procedures are followed, the documentation is completed correctly, and the submissions are made on time. In addition, the lawyer handles the necessary negotiations. As such, unnecessary delays in finalising the divorce can be avoided.
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Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Call on our attorneys for legal advice, rather than relying on the information herein to make any decisions. The information is relevant to the date of publishing – August 2018.