Is a DIY Divorce Worth It?

You might think that handling your divorce on your own is simpler. After all, it is your right to choose whether or not you wish to have an attorney or represent yourself in any legal proceeding. Self-representation, or handling your divorce on your own, also called a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) divorce, may not always help you get the results you need.

Why is that, you may ask? Having a divorce attorney assisting you is akin offers you the following benefits: a representative, an advocate, a support system, and is knowledgeable about divorce laws. For some, going through a divorce without an attorney is about as similar an experience as navigating without a map.

I, Attorney Jeffrey S. Graff, am a Westlake Village divorce lawyer who can guide you through the divorce process. When you retain me as your attorney, I vow to never lead you astray or make the process more difficult. I can decipher all of the various laws and help you have a clearer vision of what to expect.

Why Avoid a DIY Divorce?

There are so many advertisements, especially on the Internet, to entice potential clients into online divorces, DIY, divorces, or divorce services for a small flat fee. The problem with these is that they are encouraging you to go through your divorce by bypassing many of the necessary legal procedures and making decisions without sound legal advice. Don’t fall for these “discount” divorce services; they may not always be working towards your best interests.

I can assist you in the following ways:

  • Over 30 years of solid legal experience
  • Personalized, attentive legal counsel for divorce and family law matters
  • Available for appointments in the evening, after hours, and weekends
  • Thousands of families assisted in various family law cases
  • No-risk, no-cost case consultations

In truth, going without a lawyer for your divorce case represents far greater risks than speaking with one, even for a consultation. Why is that? Would you be able to handle the ebb and flow or changing circumstances of the divorce process? The future ahead may be fraught with bumps along the way—would you be ready to steamroll right over those issues?

The Downside to DIY Divorces

Or, would taking an online or discount opportunity, with its low initial cost. However, you should know that these services should never advertise themselves as providing legal advice unless they are attorneys. This begs the question of whether or not the services have the authority to handle your divorce paperwork or not?

Another pitfall of handling a DIY divorce is that you may not be able to receive a settlement that works in your favor. In truth, an experienced attorney fights tooth and nail for your case, helping you obtain what is rightfully yours in a divorce matter. An attorney also ensures that your legal rights are protected in your divorce case.

If you would like to see how an attorney can help you, please contact a Westlake Village divorce lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff today.

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