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Why You Should Never Represent Yourself in Your Divorce Case

If you do not decide to hire an attorney to help you through your divorce case, you may be doing more harm than good. Continue reading and reach out to our skilled Morris County NJ divorce lawyers. Our legal team is on your side.

Why You Should Not Represent Yourself: Custody disagreements

If you attempt to resolve custody agreements on your own, you may end up making the following errors:

  • Forgetting to recognize the significance of sole legal custody: In the event that your spouse’s attorney offers shared physical custody and sole legal custody for their client, you must realize that by agreeing to this offer, your spouse will receive sole legal custody, indicating you will not have a say in decisions related to your child’s medical care, religious upbringing, and schooling.
  • You may be opening yourself up to false accusations: You may not be prepared to protect yourself against false accusations if your spouse lies to the court about your qualities. Having an attorney in your corner will permit you to create a powerful case to reveal the dishonesty.
  • You may not be in the right mindset: It can be hard to represent yourself and not let your feelings get in the way. Custody battles are some of the most individual and complicated legal matters that many will ever have to face. Acting on your emotions in court may harm your case. That is why it is crucial to have a lawyer who is your supporter and your voice when matters get difficult.

Do not wait to reach out to our firm today if you have any further questions about how a divorce lawyer can assist you in your upcoming proceedings.

Why You Should Not Represent Yourself: Asset Division

There are a number of different steps in a divorce that may demand careful analysis and number crunching. Assess the following step and keep in mind that they cannot be completed with any mistakes:

  • Running child support and alimony formulas
  • Determining tax ramifications
  • Dividing complex assets such as stock portfolios and retirement plans

To make matters more complicated, if your spouse has hired an attorney and you are representing yourself, their attorney’s experience and training in asset division and divorce finances will provide them with an advantage. You may lack the experience required to properly assess an offer presented by the attorney. This could threaten your future and set you up for years of financial distress in ways like unfair support payments or missed asset possibilities.


At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, LLC, our seasoned divorce and family law attorneys ensure that through the process of resolving your family matter, you feel empowered, not overwhelmed. Providing unwavering support, undivided attention, and unflinching advocacy, our team invests in your cause, working tirelessly to pave your path toward a brighter tomorrow. If you need an experienced legal team to guide you through your divorce, contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark L.L.C today.