I have been practicing law for over 17 years and for the majority of that time have practiced in some area of family law. In the last three years, however, I have devoted my practice on a full time basis to areas of family law and probate document preparation. The technicalities and long term implications of handling family law matters are often less than obvious. The legal forms available for pro se individuals are sometimes insufficient to address all the long term effects of decisions made today. Though engaging an attorney in what seems to be a fairly straight forward process may seem to be a cost efficient means of reaching a mutually satisfactory dissolution of marriage, that is often not the case. The preparation of these documents must be done carefully, with the long term considerations addressed up front or you run the risk of being in and out of court on a routine basis. I would encourage you to at least have a consult with a qualified attorney who can point out these "land mines" to you and help you avoid them in an uncontested divorce. There is no question that the relatively low flat fee for obtaining an uncontested divorce is worth the money now and could probably save you a great deal of money in the future. This is even more true of a contested divorce. I would never recommend attempting to negotiate the frustrating and treacherous process of litigating an adversarial matter such as a contested divorce pro se. The retainers paid for attorneys to handle contested matters keep you out of a great deal of trouble long term and protect your interest for years to come. I can help you through this process with knowledgeable, dependable and professional service that my clients have found initially invaluable and that continues to protect them to this day. Call and schedule a consultation to find out how the professionals at my office and I can help you through this trying time. Let us take your headaches and make them our job to resolve.