When Do You Need an Attorney for Your Divorce?


A do-it-yourself divorce in Pasadena might sound like a great way to save money, but the process of ending your marriage is filled with potential complications. Just having children or significant assets or debts make a DIY divorce very difficult. Hiring an experienced attorney to represent you is the best way to make sure your interests are protected in the courtroom.

The division of marital assets and debts can be complicated by a number of factors, such as self employment, the need to value pension plans that require a certain length of employment, or the contributions of one spouse who worked to help pay for the other's educational expenses. Divorce can also be complicated by excessive debt, especially if one or both spouses is considering filing for bankruptcy.

The presence of children complicates divorce considerably. Parents will need to agree on a custody plan, as well as visitation and child support. If there is disagreement on any of these issues, an attorney will be needed. For example, it's common for disputes to occur when one spouse wants to leave the state with the children or if the parent being asking to pay child support wants his or her stay-at-home spouse to reenter the workforce in order to reduce the amount of support that is due.

If domestic violence has been a concern in the past or if there is reason to believe that one spouse has been abusing children from the marriage, you will need to have an attorney with specific experience in providing legal protections during the divorce process. Divorcing a spouse with a mental illness is another scenario that requires an experienced attorney to assist with the case.

How Can We Help?

Please call our office at (626) 683-8113 or email us at info@PasadenaLawOffice.com if you are in need of legal representation during your divorce. Our Pasadena divorce attorneys can handle a variety of concerns, including issues related to child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, and the division of martial assets and/or debts.