These days, it’s not uncommon to meet people who have handled their own divorces by printing out forms, purchasing a divorce kit from a retail store, filing all the paperwork themselves and appearing in court whenever necessary. At first blush, it seems like the sort of thing anyone can do. So why hire an attorney to do all these things you could just do yourself?
Actually, there are a number of reasons you might not want to go it alone during your divorce:
You probably don’t have the experience
While it’s true that second and third marriages are more likely to end in divorce than first marriages, even a couple of divorces in your background won’t give you the background knowledge that any good divorce attorney has. As the years go by, an attorney gains more and more experience and a better understanding of the process, the local judges, the letter of the law and everything else related to divorce in Minnesota.
Proper procedure matters
Errors committed during the divorce process, from mistakes on essential paperwork to missed deadlines, lead to delays that can drag your divorce out much longer than you’d prefer. These mistakes can also sabotage your case. One of the most important ways an attorney can help you is by properly presenting documents and evidence to the court. You can count on an attorney to handle your case carefully and efficiently.
Your time is important
Think about all the aspects of your life that are changing due to your divorce. You might need to be thinking about moving, looking for a job, taking care of your children’s needs and just handling day-to-day life. Rather than using your valuable time racing around to take care of your own divorce, let an experienced professional handle the work so you can focus on the other things that matter.
Every divorce is different, and if you have any questions or concerns about yours, you should feel comfortable consulting a skilled Washington County divorce attorney with Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart.
"Tori had a thorough understanding of my situation and made excellent recommendations to resolve my concerns. She was persistent on communication and handled everything in a very timely manner. I would definitely hire her again in the future if needed." - M.K.
"With Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., it is like having a family physician. They are all knowledgeable, thorough, comforting, and the only call I need to make for all my legal needs for many years to come. No matter what the matter, I totally trust their advice and commitment to me and my family." - J.N.
"Mary from APH Law helped me thru a difficult divorce. She and the entire staff was there for me every step of the way helping me on what to do next. They listened to what I wanted and helped me achieve what matter the most to me in the divorce settlement." - Dana C.
"I chose APH after my initial consultation with Mary. I felt my best interest would be represented. The entire process went excellent, the attorneys and staff communicated effectively and efficiently with me throughout the process as they needed to. Being new to the legal process and verbiage, they walked me and talked me through the next steps and the jargon, I felt completely comfortable and represented. I hope I never have to use legal services again but if I do I will call Mary at APH Law and know that I will be taken care of." - Jeff M.
"Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties. Though, I hope I won't need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help." - Rod S.
"I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.