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Should you try to go it alone in a California divorce?

There seem to be a lot of "do-it-yourself" options when it comes to divorce these days. This makes many California residents believe that they can handle their own divorce settlements without legal representation. However, it is nearly impossible to achieve a satisfactory settlement that will work for your family and let both of you walk away with what you need in order to start your new lives -- especially if you have children.

There are four major components to any divorce in which children are involved. You and your spouse will need to divide your property. If you do not really understand the value of an asset or how to divide it, one or both of you could end up in a worse financial position than if you had involved attorneys who understand how to determine the true value of an asset or can find someone who does. For example, deciding to keep the house might not really be in your best financial interest.

Then there is the issue of child custody. Working out a feasible parenting plan takes time and could require an uninterested third party to help resolve the conflicts that can arise. There are also the issues of spousal support and child support. Even though California law provides formulas for calculating these amounts, your family's circumstances might warrant going outside the box.

You might be under the impression that hiring an attorney to help with your divorce will be too costly. However, the potential mistakes you and your spouse could make by going it alone could be even more costly. Even if you have already made a majority of the decisions regarding your settlement, putting them to paper and ensuring that those choices will not come back to haunt you later is often reason enough to seek appropriate help.

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