It is possible to file for divorce in California without an attorney such as when the divorce is simple, with no children or shared assets. However, most cases are more complex than that. If there are child custody, child support, property division, spousal support or other issues, an experienced lawyer is essential to ensuring your divorce goes smoothly.

Benefits from hiring a lawyer to help you through your divorce include:

  • Easing your stress. Divorces can be extremely overwhelming for all parties involved. Knowing that you have trustworthy representation on your side can reduce the stress.
  • Advocating on your behalf. An attorney will look out for the best interests of his or her client. Having someone to advocate for you is essential to helping you to be actively participating in the process and having your voice heard in negotiations and sharing information.
  • Looking out for your children. What happens to your children during and after a divorce is usually the number one concern for parents and the court. An attorney knowledgeable about child custody and support will help you understand how every decision affects the best interests of your child.
  • Knowing your rights. Without an attorney, you may not fully understand your rights. An experienced lawyer will educate you, and protect your rights when advocating for you.

Often couples cannot agree on the details of a divorce. Who should get primary custody? Who should get the house? What is fair spousal support? The big questions surrounding a divorce usually surround children, property and money. An experienced San Francisco divorce attorney is available to assist you.