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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need an attorney for my divorce and family law case?

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An attorney is not required in a divorce or family law action, but an experienced divorce and family law attorney that can successfully navigate the complex legal process is an asset to your case. During a divorce or family law action, you will likely experience a wide range of emotions, including anger, fear, sadness, and resentment. Any or all of these emotions may cloud your judgment, resulting in decisions that you never would have made had you not been in this situation. Hiring a divorce or family law attorney brings a different perspective to your case and guides you to decisions that are in your best interest. Additionally, a knowledgeable divorce and family law attorney knows the court procedure, what documentation to file, and represents your interests in the courtroom. An honest divorce and family lawyer will also tell you the pros and cons of your case so you can make an informed decision on how to resolve your case or fight for your rights.

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Can I represent myself in a divorce or family law matter?

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More often than not, people chose to represent themselves in a divorce or family law action to save money. However, when it comes to your family and your future, saving money instead of being properly represented may not be your best option.
If you think you are going to file your divorce or family law action on your own, you need to understand that it will be very time consuming and possibly overwhelming. If you choose not to have representation, you will be your own lawyer and held to the same standards as a lawyer. Further, you must be able to focus on the legal aspects of your case instead of the emotion. If you cannot separate the two, it is best to hire an experienced Racine or Kenosha divorce lawyer.

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Can I use the free, online court forms for my divorce and family law action?

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In Wisconsin, our courts provide free do-it-yourself forms online at www.wicourts.gov. You can download and fill out these forms to start your divorce or family law case, but the online forms are not a “one-size, fits all.” When filling out a court form, you are merely filling in simple information and checking boxes. The court forms do not provide the detail necessary to make a comprehensive and satisfactory agreement. Many post-judgment modification family law motions are filed to obtain the details that were not present in a final divorce agreement. The divorce process is complex, and success lies in the details. If you can afford representation, you should seek the advice of an honest and knowledgeable divorce lawyer.

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Will hiring an attorney make my divorce and family law case contentious?

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Just because you hire an attorney does not mean that your divorce and family law case cannot remain amicable. Divorce and family law attorneys should be an asset to your case, not a hindrance. Your attorney should understand your goals and utilize the means that best achieves those goals with as little damage as possible. A skilled divorce attorney should use their negotiation skills and knowledge to reach a quick and efficient resolution.

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