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The Pros and Cons of Divorce Self-Representation in Montana


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The Pros and Cons of Divorce Self-Representation in Montana


Should you represent yourself during your divorce, or should you hire an attorney? Many people considering handling their dissolution in Montana find themselves waffling between do-it-yourself divorce and paying for legal help. For most people, the answer depends upon the details of your divorce, your budget, and your willingness to take on legal tasks by yourself.

What are the pros and cons of divorce self-representation in Montana?

The Advantages of Divorce Self-Representation

Lower cost. By far the biggest advantage of self-representation is that you save on the cost of attorney fees and legal fees, which could add up fast especially if your divorce is complex or if you and your spouse disagree on many aspects of the divorce. While you will have to do more reading and legwork on your own, you won’t have to pay an attorney.

More control. When you represent yourself, you retain all control over your case. You will know every detail of what is happening in your case, you will make all of the decisions on your own, you will fill out all of the paperwork, and you will work directly with the attorney of the opposing party.

More efficient. If your divorce is not especially complex, and if your spouse is communicative and amicable, not hiring an attorney may simply be a more efficient way to handle your dissolution. For example, if you were not married long, if you do not have children, or if you do not have many shared assets, self-representation may be a good choice.

The Disadvantages of Divorce Self-Representation

You may lack experience or knowledge. While you can learn a lot about Montana law and family law through independent research, you will almost certainly lack the knowledge, skill, and experience of a family lawyer who has assisted clients with hundreds of divorces. You may miss something.

Self-Representation takes time and effort. Although you may save money by representing yourself, you will need to dedicate a significant amount of time and effort to legal research and case preparation.

Your emotions might get in the way. Like it or not, divorce is personal. It may be difficult to see your case from an outsider’s point of view, or to come to the best conclusions from your insider perspective. An attorney can help you see your case in a less biased way, help you make the best decisions and an attorney can also be the “buffer” with your spouse.

Get Divorce Legal Help From Montana Legal Advisors

At Montana Legal Advisors, we want you to know that there is a middle road between self-representation and hiring a full-time attorney to take on your divorce case. We offer our clients standalone, flat-rate legal services so that you can handle most of your case by yourself, but get help from a legal professional with selected matters, such as document preparation or legal advice.

To learn more about how we can help you tackle your divorce without a full-time attorney, please call us today at 406-540-4172.