Although you think that you may be able to negotiate an amicable divorce with your partner, you still need a spousal support attorney. The goal is not just to administrate paperwork; the goal is to protect your standard of living.
Many people who are coming out of a relationship are not fully aware of the direct hit their finances take until they are left holding the bag, alone in their situation. This is especially true of partners in a relationship who did not handle the finances in the marriage. There may be financial contingencies that you have no awareness of, and if you do not have a lawyer to bring this information out in the case, then you can end up in financial debt at the end of your divorce.
The tabloids are full of stories with celebrities were left out in the cold because they trusted a partner far too much. You can bet that the other side has definitely had conversations about the divorce, especially if they were the ones who initiated the procedure. One of the tactics that you may come up against is a strategy get you to waive your rights on a lawyer. This is done purposefully to move leverage to the other side of the table, and you should never fall for this trick.
If there are any children involved, the process becomes infinitely more complicated. You will need money to support not only yourself, but also the children that you have from the relationship. If for nothing else, you should have a lawyer on your side whom you are sure can protect the interests of your children so that they do not end up lacking in any way.
The emotional trauma that you are going through is hard enough. Do not put yourself in the line of fire by being overly naïve about the divorce process. Make sure that you have a reputable spousal support attorney on your side during the entire divorce process so that you do not have to punish yourself financially just for trying to move on with your life.
If you are contemplating on divorce and want to know about spousal support and how you can protect your standard of living contact the Law Offices of Gary J. Natale, P.C. for a free consultation.