Do I Need An Attorney for My Divorce

Many people are able to file and complete a divorce without the assistance of an attorney.  Most county clerks provide pro se domestic packets which make this process as easy as possible.

While it is not necessary to have an attorney for your divorce, it may be helpful to consult with an attorney prior to filing for divorce or having a divorce granted.  There are serious consequences to filing for and being granted a divorce including but not limited to: health insurance benefits, retirement benefits, access to accounts, title to property, the division of marital assets and debts, alimony, and post-separation support.  Many people believe that if they do not have any assets then the parties can simply get divorced. However, there are other consequences to divorce that include dividing marital debt and dividing personal property, as well as a spouse’s right to alimony and post-separation support.

In addition to divorce laws which can be tough to understand and interpret, many counties have local rules which must be followed in order to pursue your divorce, alimony, or equitable distribution action.   For example, Wake County requires parties to turn over certain financial documents to the opposing party within strict timelines after filing and in response

We would strongly recommend that you meet with an experienced divorce attorney prior to filing for divorce and prior to the divorce being granted to preserve your rights.