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Divorce is a complicated legal process, which often requires resolving a host of emotionally sensitive matters, drafting and filing numerous legal documents, and meeting precise procedural deadlines. To make things more complicated, these legal matters must be handled in the midst of trying to work out the logistics of your new life. One of the questions that you may be asking yourself is whether you should hire an attorney to handle your divorce. The San Diego divorce lawyers at Doppelt & Forney know what you are going through. We have over 50 years of combined experience handling California divorces, and we offer potential clients a free in-person or virtual consultation to help them understand what to expect in their divorce proceedings.Why You Should Take Advantage of a Free In-Person or Virtual Consultation
Nearly everyone has heard that you can get a “do it yourself” divorce, but is that really the best option? The fact is that doing the legwork to finalize your divorce takes a lot of time and effort, and that time and effort needs to be invested during a time of your life that is in turmoil, both in an emotional and in a pragmatic sense. These are not circumstances under which most people can make the best decisions about their future.
Divorce will impose significant changes on your life. You will need to set up new accounts, start new daily routines, and possibly find a new place to live. Your relationships with others will change—not just with your ex-spouse but also with relatives, mutual friends, and even your own children. And there will be significant changes to your financial situation.
The terms of a divorce involve establishing two financial arrangements affecting your spouse and you: dividing community property, including debts, and setting the terms (both period and amount) of any spousal support, if needed. If you have minor children, divorce will also involve two fundamental changes with respect to raising your children: custody or visitation arrangements and child support.
The provisions of your divorce decree will have serious long-term consequences for your financial and personal welfare. Although it is possible to obtain modifications of some terms after a divorce is final, modifications are costly, time-consuming, and not always easy to obtain.
Under these circumstances, the benefits of a free in-person or virtual consultation with an attorney should not be understated. The primary benefits of a free in-person or virtual consultation to you are twofold. First, it can inform you about all of the legal procedures involved in the divorce, as well as the basic requirements of the law in structuring a divorce settlement. In the consultation, the attorney may highlight concerns that need special attention, such as the valuation of a business or the need to recoup separate funds from a joint investment. Second, it gives you an opportunity to interview the attorney to determine whether he or she fully understands your concerns and has the skills to address your needs.
Attorneys offer free in-person or virtual consultations because they understand that potential clients are often reluctant to consult a lawyer, sometimes perceiving that the cost is prohibitive. A free in-person or virtual consultation can remove that reluctance. Attorneys who offer them do so because they know that, in many cases, clients truly need their services. They know that when a potential client gets the opportunity to understand how their services can provide a material benefit—notwithstanding some cost—they will appreciate the value of obtaining sound legal advice when it most counts: before the divorce papers have been signed.Call Doppelt & Forney for a Free In-Person or Virtual Consultation About Your San Diego Divorce
At Doppelt & Forney, we invite you to take advantage of our offer of a free in-person or virtual consultation about your divorce case. Find out how our San Diego attorneys may be able to help you. Look through our website and then give us a call at 800.769.4748 or use our online form to set up your consultation. We welcome clients throughout the greater San Diego metropolitan area, including in Chula Vista, Carlsbad, Coronado, Vista, La Jolla, Del Mar, Ramona, Oceanside, and surrounding communities.