Do I Need an Attorney for My Divorce?

Anderson, Creager and Wittstruck, P.C., L.L.O.
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Considering filing for divorce? Wondering if working with a divorce attorney would be helpful? There's no one-size-fits-all answer. Depending on your particular circumstances, seeking guidance from an experienced divorce lawyer might make the process smoother and provide valuable advice regarding the decisions that need to be made as you move forward with your life. 

When you're facing a divorce in Nebraska, it can feel like you're navigating a maze. This is where our attorneys at Anderson, Creager & Wittstruck, P.C., L.L.O. step in. Having a family lawyer by your side during this process is not just a right, it's a necessity. Here's why. 

Importance of Legal Representation in Divorce Proceedings

Divorce refers to a legal procedure that ends a marriage. It's not just about parting ways, but also involves dealing with a multitude of issues such as splitting assets, dividing debts, determining if alimony is appropriate, and if children are involved, setting up a parenting plan and calculating child support and expenses on behalf of your children. It's a lot to handle, especially during a time when emotions are running high. 

An attorney's assistance in a divorce can be invaluable. It's a process that requires a deep understanding of the law, a strategic approach, and a keen eye for detail. 

That's where Anderson, Creager & Wittstruck, P.C., L.L.O. comes in. We're not just here to help you tick boxes and fill out forms. We're here to guide you, represent you, and fight for you. We can advise you on how to manage the division of shared assets and debts in a way that is fair and in accordance with the law. For spousal support or alimony matters, your attorney can help you understand your rights and formulate a plan that is equitable.  

In cases where children are involved, creating a workable parenting plan can be a complex task, but an attorney can guide you through this process, always working to secure the best interests of your children.  

Additionally, having legal representation can relieve some of the emotional burden of a divorce, allowing you to focus on rebuilding and moving forward. In essence, an attorney serves as a beacon of light in what often seems like an impossible storm, providing guidance, support, and advocacy when you need it most. 

Why You Need an Attorney in a Contested Divorce

In Nebraska, divorces can be contested or uncontested. A contested divorce is one in which you and your spouse can't reach an agreement on one or more issues. The court then steps in and makes the final decisions. An uncontested divorce is one in which both parties agree on all matters, making it possible to settle without court intervention. 

No matter the nature of your divorce, having an attorney by your side is crucial. It's not just about legalities—it's about safeguarding your rights and protecting your interests. 

In a contested divorce, disagreements are common over child custody, asset division, alimony issues, and more. At Anderson, Creager & Wittstruck, P.C., L.L.O., we don't just guide you through the complex legal maze, we represent you every step of the way. We will gather evidence, negotiate on your behalf, and present a strong case in court, if it comes to that. With our knowledge and experience, you're not just getting legal advice—you're getting a partner who will protect your rights throughout the proceedings. 

How an Attorney Can Help in an Uncontested Divorce

What if you're in the midst of an uncontested divorce, where both you and your spouse see eye-to-eye on the terms? An attorney's help is still important to ensure all legal requirements are met, from drafting and filing the necessary paperwork to following the correct procedures. Our lawyers will review or draft your divorce agreement and we'll provide guidance, so you fully understand the implications of your decisions. Working with us means peace of mind—knowing your divorce is in good hands, and your best interests are being looked after.  

So, whether it's contested or uncontested, remember—you're not alone in this journey. We are here to help. 

What About Mediation?

Mediation is another step in the divorce that is required in cases involving children. In Mediation a neutral third party helps you and your spouse find common ground on various issues. It's a voluntary and confidential process that gives you more control over the outcome of your divorce. It's often less adversarial and more cost-effective than litigation.  When mediation is successful, a mediated agreement is drafted and presented to the Court for approval.

While not required, having an attorney present during mediation can help promote a collaborative and amicable resolution. 

What Divorce Without Skilled Representation Looks Like

Choosing to go through a divorce without skilled legal representation can open you up to numerous challenges and pitfalls. For instance, you may not be fully aware of all your rights and obligations under Nebraska law, which could potentially lead to unfair settlements or decisions. Without proper guidance, you might overlook crucial details, fail to disclose important information, or make errors when filling in legal forms. This can delay the divorce process and even have long-term consequences on your financial situation or parenting arrangements. 

Furthermore, navigating the complexities of divorce law can be emotionally draining, especially when you're already dealing with the emotional aspects of a divorce. Handling all the legal aspects on your own can lead to additional stress and anxiety. That is why having an experienced divorce attorney is beneficial. They take over the legal obligations, allowing you to focus on healing and starting anew. 

Ultimately, going through a divorce without legal representation is like sailing through a storm without a compass—it's possible, but it's much harder, and the risks are significantly higher. 

Legal Guidance When You Need It Most 

When you're going through a divorce in Nebraska (or anywhere), you need more than just legal advice—you need a partner who can navigate the legal labyrinth with you. And that's exactly what we strive to be.  

While it's possible to navigate a divorce without legal representation, having an experienced attorney by your side can make a world of difference. At Anderson, Creager & Wittstruck, P.C., L.L.O., we can help you understand your options, formulate a strategy, and safeguard your interests throughout the entire process. Contact our office in Lincoln, Nebraska, when you're ready to speak with a compassionate divorce lawyer about your case.