It is interesting to note that more than 80% of the divorces filed in San Diego and across the State of California are done so by one of the parties without a lawyer. We are often asked “Why should I hire a divorce attorney for my case?” The first reason would be that more than half of the divorces filed by one of the parties are not completed until both parties hire an attorney. This is especially true if you have children.
One of the primary reasons you should hire a divorce attorney for your San Diego case is to make sure every document, every agreement, every settlement and the orders issued by the Court accurately capture any agreement you’ve reached with your former spouse. It may surprise you to learn how often we have to go back into Court because important legal phrases, structure or terminology were missing from important documents in cases managed by the parties themselves.
The division of retirement is a perfect example. The Court may order the division of a retirement account as a part of your divorce. However, the mere order issued by the Court is not legally enough to divide a retirement account. The administrator of the account requires precise legal instructions known as a QDRO or “Qualified Domestic Relations Order.” One mistake on a QDRO could literally cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Another reason you should hire a divorce attorney is to gain insight on each step of the process and how to adjust your strategy to accomplish your own goals and objectives. In other cases, it may be necessary to hire a divorce attorney to stand up to a former spouse with a personality disorder. If your spouse has Borderline Personality Disorder or a Narcissistic personality you will need one of the experienced, proven Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq to stand up to them and ensure you receive a just and fair settlement.
These are just a few of the reasons you should hire a divorce attorney in San Diego for your divorce case. Protect your own interests and contact us or call 760-434-3330 to schedule an appointment for a remote or socially distanced consultation with one of our experienced Certified Family Law Specialists.