If you and your spouse are talking about divorce, you may already have searched online for the appropriate forms to file. Many websites offer downloadable documents that can be completed and printed at the click of a button (and for a fee).
Although it might be easy to get your hands on the paperwork, it is much more difficult to ensure you and your spouse will make a clean and equitable break. Even if your divorce is uncontested, there are still complicated legal matters that can put your future at stake once you sign on the dotted line.
Have an Attorney Look Over Your Divorce Paperwork Before You File
If you and your spouse are on good terms and want to work together during separation, you should still have a lawyer look over the final paperwork. An experienced divorce attorney will protect you from pitfalls and mistakes and resolve any issues before the paperwork is filed.
If you have completed forms for a DIY divorce, you should know that:
Your assets may not be divided fairly.
If you have been married a long time, most of your assets may be considered shared marital assets, including the value of pension and retirement accounts. An attorney can ensure all property is listed on the divorce settlement agreement, so you get your fair share.
You could receive spousal support.
You will not be able to rely on your spouse’s income after divorce, so you may need alimony payments until you are able to support yourself as a single person.
You may still have to go to court.
A judge may want to see you and your spouse to clear up any issues if there is a problem with your filing. Online divorce companies only handle the paperwork and don’t have attorneys standing by to represent you.
Do You Need To Speak To A Rhode Island Divorce Attorney?
If you are considering a divorce you need to speak with an experienced Rhode Island divorce attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Warwick office directly at 401.946.3200 to schedule your free consultation. We help divorce clients in Providence, Warwick and all areas of Rhode Island.