Have you decided that the best thing for your current marriage is actually to get divorced? Have you and your current spouse decided that you're going to try to go through the process as quickly and as efficiently as possible? Even when the decision is mutual, going through a divorce can be a difficult time emotionally. Even though you might think that you don't need one, it's a good idea to hire an attorney to at least look over your divorce documents. There are a number of reasons why you should consider this course of action, some of which include:
Objective point of view: It's almost inevitable that your friends will take sides during the divorce process. Some friends will side with you, others will side with your spouse. This drawing of sides can make it difficult to see whether or not a particular course of action is a good one or if it is actually ill-advised. Although you'll be paying your divorce attorney to be on your side, he or she is still trained to provide opinions that are as objective as possible. It's rare that both parties in a divorce get exactly what they want. Your attorney will work with you to help you decide what's fair and what points you should insist upon.
Custody agreements: With an amicable split, it's almost certain that you and your spouse will be sharing joint custody of any children that you have. Although you're no longer in love with each other, you still love your children. Your divorce attorney will help draft a custody agreement with clauses that you may not have considered. For instance, what will happen if one of you goes on vacation in another state and the other party falls ill or is otherwise unable to care for the children for whatever reason? A good divorce agreement will frequently cover these types of situations so that everyone knows what is to happen.
Property exchange: Whether you move out of your current home or your spouse moves out, it's likely that some things will get mixed up and either left behind or taken accidentally. Due to the high emotions involved, simply getting your favorite video game, hairbrush, or t-shirt back can sometimes be a harrowing experience. A good divorce attorney will allow you and your spouse to swap items without having to actually see each other. Although you could technically ask a friend to perform the same function, few friends are going to want to get involved to that extent.
Contact a law office like the Cragun Law Firm for more information and assistance.