Why You Should Hire a Family Law Attorney
Mr. Kaplan tells the following story about why “do it yourself”
is not usually a good idea with complicated subjects:
“When I was a junior at Rutgers College, we had a snow storm that
dumped several feet of wind-blown snow on the state of New Jersey. My
eleven-year-old 1968 Dodge Coronet was totally buried on a side street
off of College Avenue.
I located my car only by locating the top of the radio antennae that cars
back then all had sticking up over the roof line.
I shoveled off the car, put the key in the ignition, turned the key, and
My mechanic told me that I needed a new “distributor”, and
that the cost would be $250.00, including labor.
As a college student in 1979, I didn’t have $250.00, and so I went
to the auto parts store, bought a new distributor, and installed it myself.
I reentered the car, put the key back in the ignition, and turned the key
once to the right.
The car caught fire.
I learned a lesson then that I share with my prospective divorce clients
now. The lesson is simply that you have the right to be your own divorce
lawyer, but just like cars are complicated, so can divorces be.”
If you are considering filing for a divorce on your own, he’d encourage
you to rethink your decision. There are many benefits to hiring a professional
to help you with your case. This is an important life decision, and you
don’t want to make mistakes that could have lasting repercussions.
The Law Office of Steven J. Kaplan, Esq. is here to assist you by showing
you how to proceed with your family matter the right way.
How a Monmouth County Divorce Attorney Can Help You
Are you engaged in a
child custody dispute? Are there
child support or alimony issues that you need help with? Are you having trouble determining
how to distribute property acquired during a marriage? Our firm can help
with all of these issues! These are all situations that often have life-long
lasting effects. Handling them in the courts on your own could prove to
Do you need a premarital agreement? We have helped people draft premarital
agreements for over 27 years and would be happy to help you. This is a
procedure that you should not attempt alone. Some couples create their
own prenuptial agreement, only to learn years later that it was never
valid because of slight mistakes or nuances.
Are you in an abusive relationship? Perhaps you need a restraining order
to protect you from your spouse or other loved one.
Is negotiation simply not working out such that you need to ask a Judge
for help? A large part of our practice involves getting help for our clients
from the Court.
Are you already divorced but need to modify your divorce decree? People
often need access to the court system after a Judgment of Divorce or other
court order has been entered. Family problems often don’t simply
disappear just because a legal case has ended. Many of our cases are this
type of case, known to the system as “post-judgment” cases.
Locating Other Professionals To Offer Our Clients Emotional and Accounting Support
In addition to providing legal assistance, we also want to help our clients
find appropriate other professionals to provide them with emotional and
accounting assistance. Divorce and family law cases are hard. Most judges
recognize the value that psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers
offer to people going through these difficult situations. Our law firm
maintains a list of local therapists that have helped our clients over
the years. Similarly, the financial ramifications of divorce can be difficult.
Our office maintains a list of forensic accountants who can both help
people who are going through financial difficulties in divorce analyze
their finances. These financial professionals can also help to put a value
on businesses and other assets.
Don’t go through your divorce alone! Hire a Monmouth County divorce
attorney at our firm to assist you today!