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Do you need a lawyer when filing for a divorce?


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I am not very familiar with divorce law in the US. I have read and heard of some stories, I just couldn't believe what I found out about everything. Most people say you need to hire a lawyer these days even if the divorce is peaceful and no kids are involved. Is this true?

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I think in most cases, yes. The reason why lawyers get involved is to ensure everything is on the table and things are separated fairly. I think this also prevents going to court later on and the process taking a lot longer. Lawyers speed everything up.  

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To some extent yes. If you get a divorce, you do need to hire a lawyer. It's usually part of the process. It sucks, but often times if it involved children, and that's even tougher to handle. A couple who don't have kids, will go much smoother, but it could result in both sides getting half of everything. 

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You can file for a divorce without a lawyer but you really need to consider what is involved. I would not go through the process if you have children under the age of 16 without a lawyer because things can get messy for the kids.

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