Do I Need A Lawyer To Get Divorced?
You and your spouse may have talked through the issues in your divorce and be close to an agreement about what you want to do. However, it’s still important to meet with a lawyer so you can understand your rights and obligations. What you don’t know can hurt you.
At The Garza Law Firm in Corpus Christi, Texas, we offer a initial consultation so you can discuss your divorce with an experienced family law attorney. Call 361-248-5753 to schedule a divorce consultation with attorney Veronica Garza.
Pro Se Divorces In Texas
With the availability of information on the Internet, some people wonder if they can handle their divorces themselves. This is known as pro se divorce. While it is possible to obtain a divorce in Texas without hiring a lawyer, the ultimate cost of your divorce may be much higher if you don’t get legal advice.
Here are some issues that people often run into with pro se or do-it-yourself divorce:
- Serving your spouse: Before your divorce can move forward, you must serve notice on the other party. If you don’t do this properly, your divorce may be delayed.
- Community property division: Without an in-depth understanding of Texas community property law, it’s easy to make assumptions that later turn out to be wrong. For example, you may end up being responsible for debts that your spouse agreed to pay. You may also not receive assets that you have a right to have. Once your property settlement is approved by a judge, you won’t be able to go back and change it except in cases of fraud.
- Alimony: Do you have the right to receive (or the obligation to pay) spousal maintenance? Without legal advice, you may not know how judges have ruled in cases similar to yours.
- Child custody and support: If you have children, determining how you will co-parent and support your children with your ex is the most important issue in your divorce. If you end up with an arrangement that does not work, fixing it later can be difficult — and expensive.
While you can draft divorce documents yourself, most people do not know how. You may end up signing an agreement without really understanding what it means. In addition, you could miss important details, such as stating who has the right to claim children as dependents when paying federal income taxes.