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Hillside, IL 60162



Understanding the Risks of a Pro Se Divorce

 Posted on August 01, 2017 in Divorce

Illinois divorce attorneyDo-it-yourself divorce, also known as pro se divorce, has become increasingly common over the last several years. In fact, there are now agencies that help divorcing couples complete their paperwork, which the couple must then file themselves. Many pursue this option because they think it will save them time and/or money. Others feel they can manage an amicable divorce better on their own than with an attorney. Unfortunately, both of these approaches often lead to problems.

Why Even Amicable Divorces Need an Attorney

It happens all too often: a couple starts out on their divorce journey amicably enough, but then a sensitive matter comes up. Sparks fly, and the arguments begin. Sometimes, the matter becomes so contentious, it delays the divorce. Other times, couples are so locked in their negotiations, they have no alternative but to hire an attorney – and by that time, things may be a complete mess, and could take more time and money to sort out than necessary. Contention and a loss of time and money are not the only risks that couples face in a DIY divorce, however. In fact, some situations may place the lives of one party, and possibly even children, at risk for significant financial loss, violence, mental health issues, trauma, and more.

A Closer Look at the Risks of a Pro Se Divorce

Pro se divorce, in and of itself, is highly discouraged by experts for most couples. However, there are those who should avoid it at all costs. A few examples include anyone who has been victimized by their spouse (physically, emotionally, sexually, or financially), anyone with minor children, and those who could be at risk for asset depletion or asset hiding in their divorce. These situations all involve a vulnerable party, someone whose rights and interests need to be protected. An experienced divorce attorney can provide such protection, while also decreasing the risk of complications in the divorce.

Other risks in a pro se divorce – all of which can be mitigated with the help of a skilled divorce attorney – can include:

  • Unfair distribution of marital assets;
  • Improper division of retirement accounts;
  • Unnecessary tax consequences;
  • Improper calculation of child support or alimony;
  • Improper valuation of a business;
  • Coercion or duress;
  • Extra and unnecessary stress; and
  • Failure to complete one or more necessary steps in the divorce process.

Contact Our Hillside, IL Divorce Attorney

If you are planning on filing for divorce, first contact the Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C.  to discuss the valuable assistance available to you. Dedicated and experienced, our Hillside, IL divorce attorney offers personalized services to suit your needs. We can protect your rights, interests, children, and financial future. Schedule your no-fee consultation to learn more. Call our office at 708-449-7400 today.


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