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Divorce Mistakes

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when going through a divorce, whether you live in Marietta or elsewhere, is trying to represent yourself. This is often called “self-representation.” Reaching out to a divorce attorney doesn’t mean you’re unintelligent. Rather, it greatly increases your chances of achieving the best possible outcome. Learn more below about the areas where representing yourself is most likely to fail.

Divorce when you have children

Custody is the biggest decision in divorce cases when the couple has minor children (under the age of 18). Custody is an all-inclusive term that includes both legal custody and physical custody. The measure for custody takes into account the best interests of your kids. Already unsure of the parenting plan you must file with the court? Avoid the mistake of representing yourself. Contact our law partners at Bivek Brubaker & Prescott for a consultation on child custody and the required parenting plan.

Divorce when you own real estate

Usually, you would rather not live with your former spouse upon your divorce – or even while going through the divorce process. You have options about the marital home, whether you want to sell it or keep it without the ex-spouse. You will need to consider the home’s equity, if the home is a marital asset that will be divided, and much more. Are you feeling like a deer in the headlights already? Do you know what your best option is? Avoid the mistake of self-representation. Contact Bivek Brubaker & Prescott for a consultation to discuss the best way to handle your marital home and other important assets.

Temporary Protective Order (TPO) when you are the victim

For victims of domestic violence or abuse, please do not try to represent yourself – especially at any upcoming Temporary Protective Order (TPO) hearings. For a victim trying to self-represent, the court’s decision may not provide all of the relief, safety, and support you need to carry on with your daily life and expenses. Contact Bivek Brubaker & Prescott for a consultation to ensure you get the help you need.

Temporary Protective Order (TPO) when you are the defendant

The court’s decision about a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) are swift and severe. The aftershock of a TPO can change your life. Defendants can lose their jobs, security clearances, and more. Yes, you should be deeply concerned about your ability to represent yourself at a TPO hearing. Avoid the mistake of self-representation. Contact one of our law partners at Bivek Brubaker & Prescott for a consultation on representing your best interests at the TPO hearing.



The Marietta divorce lawyers at Bivek Brubaker & Prescott understand the complexity of divorce. Our experienced family law attorneys can walk you through complex issues. We have years of experience helping our clients with their property division, child custody, and any Temporary Protective Order situation.

To schedule a consultation with one of our Marietta divorce attorneys, call us at 866-527-2630, or fill out our online contact form.

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