A trial lawyer litigates a divorce case in a court of law. The legal term for a divorce in Missouri is “Dissolution of Marriage”. As someone familiar with local court laws and procedures, a trial lawyer communicates with local judges and lawyers. Most importantly, they are experts at navigating the legal system to ensure that the result at trial will be fair, equitable and legally founded.
Do You Need A Divorce Trial Lawyer?
The straight-up answer is a resounding “Yes.” A divorce trial is not as simple as you just walking into the courtroom and telling the judge you want a divorce. A divorce trial is a true litigation hearing subject to established laws. [MO Rev Stat § 452.300-452.415] On the other hand, while the law does allow you to file a petition without a lawyer, doing so can have serious repercussions. If you don’t know all the ins-and-outs of a divorce proceeding, mistakes will be made. Ultimately, you could end up with a devastating outcome. For that reason, you need a divorce lawyer to represent your best interests in a divorce matter.
A Trial Lawyer Handles The Divorce Process
There are several stages in a divorce process. Missouri is a ‘no-fault’ divorce state, so you don’t need to give a reason why you are pursuing a divorce in Missouri. But there will be a discussion of the division of assets, provisions for child support and alimony, child custody and tax issues.
A Trial Lawyer Prepares For Trial
A divorce lawyer handles all the legal work from start to finish, which includes preparing and responding to pleadings, motions and discovery. He or she has the tools and resources necessary. They have access to professional contacts, such as forensic accountants or private investigators, for help in obtaining evidence.
A Divorce Trial Lawyer Prevents Mistakes
Navigating the legal system can be difficult at best. In particular, divorce laws and procedures are complex and multifaceted. An experienced, knowledgeable attorney can avoid legal and procedural mistakes that may require additional legal proceedings to correct or cause financial harm to the client.
A Divorce Trial Lawyer Will Avoid Delays
An attorney is responsible for submitting all required legal documents to the court on schedule. By adhering to the rules of the court for the proper and timely submission of all required documentation, costly delays can be avoided.
The bottom line is, having a divorce attorney represent you will help to ensure the best possible outcome for you. If you and your spouse don’t agree on some or all of the issues, the lawyer can intervene with both opposing counsel and the judge to negotiate a better resolution. Further, they will secure supporting witnesses, and communicate on your behalf throughout the entire process. If necessary, they will handle an appeal if the judge’s final decision is unacceptable.
Every step of the way, your lawyer will guide and advise you, whether it’s collecting the records and paperwork, or explaining complicated legal terms. You will be coached on how to be a good witness and how to act appropriately at your deposition, mediation, and even when walking into the courthouse and into the judge’s chambers.
Going through a divorce can be one of the most difficult situations you will ever face. Particularly, when there are children involved, you need a good attorney in your corner who can fight to protect your interests.
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