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Knowing When to Hire a Divorce Attorney

Knowing When to Hire a Divorce Attorney
February 14, 2018 Shannon Dawes
The Conciliation Process in an Ohio Divorce

At the outset of an Ohio divorce, it can be difficult to know when you need to hire an attorney. It is extremely important that you do retain experienced representation to be sure your interests are protected and you follow Ohio law during your proceedings. If you’re not sure about the right time to seek counsel, keep these tips in mind.

  1. Hire a lawyer if you are contemplating divorce. At just the contemplation stage of a divorce, it might seem too early to hire a lawyer. If you’re not completely sure whether you want a divorce, why do you need a lawyer? A skilled Ohio divorce lawyer can actually help you make the decision you’re struggling with right now. By talking with your lawyer about Ohio law, division of assets, and child custody, you will have a clear understanding of what to expect and how multiple aspects of your life will be affected. Your lawyer will prepare you for what’s ahead and help you work through some of the difficulties you’re facing in whether to file or stay married. Your lawyer’s job is to act in your interest, and sometimes, that means helping you decide whether staying married or filing for divorce is the best decision for you.
  2. Hire a lawyer if you or your spouse have firmly expressed a desire for divorce. If you or your spouse have expressly said, “I want a divorce,” it is time to look for a lawyer. You might be hesitant to be the first to hire representation, but you don’t want to live in denial or be caught off guard if your spouse takes action. It is best to start understanding now what a divorce or dissolution of marriage will involve so you can be prepared for the proceedings and begin thinking about your bottom lines.
  3. Hire a lawyer if your spouse has retained counsel. If your spouse has hired a lawyer, you absolutely need a lawyer, as well. You do not want to make uninformed concessions or be pressured into giving up important property or time with your children. You need an experienced advocate on your side to make sure you are protected and treated fairly throughout the course of the proceedings.
  4. Hire a lawyer if your spouse has already filed for divorce. Likewise, if your spouse has already filed for divorce, you need to hire a lawyer. Even if your spouse filed the petition pro se (without a lawyer), you need representation to help you understand what property you do and do not need to divide and to ensure you come to a fair agreement regarding parenting, alimony, etc. Retaining a reputable Ohio lawyer is the best chance you’ll have a smooth and equitable divorce.

Attorney Shannon Dawes has the skills and knowledge you need on your side during your Ohio divorce. Schedule a consultation today with her Columbus office by calling Dawes Legal, LLC, at (614) 733-9999.