Six Signs You Need a Divorce Lawyer

Six Signs You Need a Divorce Lawyer

If you are ready to get a divorce from your spouse, you may be thinking that you can handle this process on your own, but you may be underestimating the hassle you are about to undertake, especially if you meet some criteria that would lead your divorce to be a messy one. While it is possible to file a divorce and undergo the process without the help of a lawyer, the laws and rules of divorce proceedings can be complicated and stressful.

You must also consider aspects such as any children or businesses you and your spouse have together, the amount of assets you want to divide and how you want to split them, and whether the relationship between you and your soon-to-be ex is a healthy one or one with a history of abuse and/or disagreements. These all factor in how smoothly your divorce will go, for how long it will carry on, and how much it will cost. You can limit the time and cost of your divorce by making sure you have the best legal representation and knowledge you can.

While having an experienced divorce lawyer is always a good idea, here are six signs that you really need one:


If you and your partner share children, then deciding on child custody and a parenting plan can be difficult. Often, divorces involving children are heated and stubborn, with both parents having an idea as to what is best for the child. It is a wise choice to seek out an attorney for their advice on the matter.

Division of large/many assets

You and your partner may have acquired plenty of income, possessions, and other assets during your marriage. This can include your house, cars, boats, retirement funds, and more. If you and your partner cannot agree on who gets what in the divorce, consider the ways in which the court makes its final decision. The court will take into account such things as each spouse’s:

  • Age
  • Earning capacity
  • Education
  • Health
  • Professional skills and training
  • Role as child’s primary caregiver
  • Separate property
  • Length of marriage
  • Tax implication

As you can see, there are many factors that come into play when determining which spouse gets what in the divorce, and that is why many couples prefer to agree on what they get before it has to go to court. Having a lawyer is a helpful tool to obtaining the possessions and assets you want and need.

Joint business

If you and your partner share a business together, splitting that up or deciding what to do with it can be a very complicated legal process. An attorney who is skilled and knowledgeable about divorce and business law can help you by finding financial professionals, consultants, and appraisers.

History of abuse

If you and your spouse have a history of verbal, physical, or emotional abuse, then a divorce is ten times more difficult to see through on your own. An attorney can act as your representative, detailing your wishes and needs to your partner or their attorney. With an attorney, there won’t be the possibility of an unfair deal brought about by manipulation or bullying.

Troubled relationship

A couple doesn’t need to be abusive in order for there to be trouble. Perhaps your spouse is simply being stubborn in agreeing on child custody or splitting assets. This stubbornness can prolong the divorce proceedings an indeterminable amount of time. Having a lawyer helps to ensure cooperation by your partner.

Complex legal system

Getting a divorce on your own in the best situation is a hassle and a headache. If you have a difficult spouse, kids, a history of abuse, or a house you two need to make a decision about, then filing for divorce is even more complex and stressful. Having an attorney who can help move things along as quickly and smoothly as possible will help you get through this without too much stress.

Divorces can take many months and even years to see the end of, spending untold amounts of money until everything is finalized and agreed upon. Having an unwieldy partner can add even more lost time and money. Your spouse may have a grudge against you, and want to make sure you suffer as much as you can while going through this divorce. Not only could they make your life miserable, but it could also affect the lives of your children as well. With expensive assets to deliberate over, and any joint businesses you might have, you’re looking at a legal nightmare. Unless you’re exceedingly knowledgeable about the divorce legal process, then the whole experience is going to be one large headache. It doesn’t have to be.

The attorneys at Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm know family law like the back of their hand. They are experienced and knowledgeable in divorce proceedings, child custody, and court orders, and they can advise you on the best course of action in dividing assets to your benefit. If you find yourself in need of a divorce lawyer, contact Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm at 254-680-4655. Our offices are located in Killeen and Copperas Cove in Central Texas. Feel free to fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.