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The Risks of Representing Yourself in Your New Jersey Divorce

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There are several risks in representing yourself in your New Jersey divorce. Continue reading to learn more, and do not wait to reach out to a skilled Somerset County divorce attorney to obtain the legal representation you need. Our legal team is on your side.

What are the risks of representing yourself during asset division?

There are a number of elements involved in the divorce process that requires number crunching and comprehensive knowledge to avoid errors. The following actions in your divorce must be satisfied with detailed analysis:

  • Dividing complex assets such as stock portfolios and retirement plans
  • Determining tax ramifications
  • Running child support and alimony formulas

It is also important to realize that if your spouse retains the services of an attorney while you are representing yourself, their attorney’s knowledge and training in divorce finances and asset division may provide them with an advantage. Additionally, you may lack the knowledge to adequately consider a recommendation from their attorney which may threaten your future. You may encounter financial distress in the form of one-sided support payments or skipped asset chances.

What are the risks of representing yourself during custody disagreements?

Deciding custody negotiations on your own can result in the following common errors:

  • You may be opening yourself up to false accusations: You may not be prepared to protect yourself against false accusations if your spouse lies to the court about your personality. A lawyer will build a strong case to expose this dishonesty.
  • Failing to recognize the meaning of sole legal custody: A common mistake that spouses who are expressing themselves may make is forgetting to remember the meaning of sole legal custody. For instance, if your spouse’s attorney offers shared physical custody and sole legal custody for their client, you must comprehend that by consenting to this, you will no longer have a say in important life decisions for your child including topics such as schooling, religious upbringing, medical care, etc.
  • You may not be in the right mindset: Many times, people let their emotions get in the way of themselves when they represent themselves in a divorce case. That is because it is likely the most personal and difficult legal matter you will ever have to face in your lifetime. Having an attorney in your corner will support you and be your voice when issues get difficult.

Reach out to our skilled New Jersey divorce attorneys today to learn more.

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