Divorcing in Colorado without an attorney? Think again!
Colorado residents should understand the dangers they face by divorcing without using a lawyer.
September 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Divorcing in Colorado without an attorney? Think again!
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With the easy access to information that the internet provides, many people in Colorado and across the U.S. are opting to file for divorce without using attorneys. People think that they will save time and money by using fill-in forms found online, but in actuality they may be setting themselves up for serious problems. Colorado residents should understand the dangers they face by divorcing without using a lawyer.
One of the biggest dangers that people who go through divorcewithout the assistance of an attorney face is that they may unwittingly forfeit their rights. Many people are unaware of the laws governing property division in Colorado and may not know what they have a right to when splitting up assets. People may not know what are marital assets and what are separate assets. For example, people may believe that they have no claim on their spouses' retirement accounts because the accounts are held in only one spouse's name. However, deposits made into such accounts during the marriage are marital property. People may also may not know what the laws about child custody and child support are, and end up not getting time with their children or the resources they need for their children's welfare.
In marriages where the power dynamic is unequal, people are more likely to lose out in divorce settlement negotiations. One spouse can bully or manipulate the other into accepting an unequal property division or child custody agreement. Some spouses may try to hide assets, and their spouses would not know where to look for such assets like an experienced attorney would.
Once divorce settlements are filed, it is difficult -- if not impossible -- to change things.
Attorneys not only understand substantive law about people's rights in divorce, they also know the proper procedural rules for filing divorce. People who try to handle their divorces without using attorneys can end up filing improper forms or not filing necessary forms. Those who are involved in contentious divorces and try to represent themselves at hearings often will not know to present their stories effectively and what is and is not relevant the way that an attorney does.
Speak with an attorney
Deciding to divorce can be overwhelming, and leaves many people in an emotionally vulnerable state. It is not a good idea to try to navigate the divorce process without help in such a condition. If you have questions about divorce in Colorado, speak with a seasoned Colorado divorce attorney who can advise you about the best course of action for your situation.
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