Since deciding to get divorced, you and your spouse may be able to get along and make compromises now. But there might be some signs indicating that you're best off hiring a lawyer to represent you throughout the negotiation and divorce process. Here are a few signs to look for that point to the need for hiring a divorce lawyer.
Promises Keep Getting Broken
If you continue to be let down by broken promises, it may be a sign of things to come once the divorce has been settled. You shouldn't have to worry about whether your spouse will keep up their end of the bargain when you arrange for them to take care of the pets while you go on vacation. And there should never be a question of whether child custody agreements are being met.
Hiring a lawyer to represent you during your divorce will help ensure that legal agreements and promises are put into writing and recorded with the court, so you have some recourse if promises are broken in the future. If your child custody agreement is broken or alimony payments aren't received, your lawyer will know exactly what to do to get your spouse's attention and compel them to comply with their legal obligations to you.
Long-Term Agreements Can't Be Made
You may be able to agree on short-term plans and compromises, but if you're having trouble making long-term agreements with your spouse, it might be a good idea to hire a divorce attorney to represent you. Your lawyer will help you through the negotiation process and help ensure that you don't get the short end of the stick in any compromises you do end up making. In the end, legal representation will help ensure that no options are overlooked and that no one is taken advantage of when it comes time to make those tough agreements that will affect you and your family for the many years to come.
You're Worried About Future Compromises
Even if you're able to make short and long-term agreements with each other, there may be some signals you're getting that gives you a feeling that future compromises won't be so easy. For example, if your spouse seems more compromising and caring now than they did before you decided to divorce, it might indicate that they are just waiting for a future date after the divorce to make things hard on the relationship when it comes to compromise.
Or terms such as "that sounds good for now" might be used, suggesting that future compromises won't sound so good. Hiring a divorce lawyer to represent you throughout the divorce will help ensure that you don't have to worry about future compromises unless you negotiate with professional help in court.
For more information, contact a law office like Armstrong Betker and Schaeffer PLC.