Before you can make informed decisions in a divorce, you need to have the information, you need to know the law, and you need to know the options. Without the assistance of a qualified family law attorney, you're never going to be empowered with that information, you're never going to be empowered with those tools, and you're never going to be able to comfortably sail through the complicated stormy waters that are our courts.
A good family law attorney is going to help you navigate those waters with the information that you need to make smart decisions. And you're going to be able to get your paperwork processed by the system in a more efficient fashion than if you were trying to do it yourself. The value that an effective family law lawyer brings to the consumer of the legal product is familiarity of the system, knowledge of the process, and ability to educate the client as to their options.
John Harding is the principal of the law firm of Harding & Associates in Northern California. He practices family law litigation and divorce mediation exclusively. You can view his firm profile here, and visit his website here.