You don’t technically need a lawyer for divorce, but having one can save you a lot of time, money and pain. The simplest uncontested divorces can be handled out of court in most states, but you must still fill out legal forms and include detailed information about your financial assets and debts. Many people who aren’t familiar with the law can make mistakes that require them to re-file paperwork, pay more fees and prolong their time in a marriage that has ended.

Divorces that involve children, significant property or any dispute will probably go to court, which makes the matter much more difficult to handle on your own. For that reason, experts recommend that you get a family lawyer for these more complicated divorces. Your family lawyer can help you make your best case in financial and custody matters, make sure you understand and meet all legal requirements and minimize the time and hassle of dealing with a former spouse