Do I need to have a lawyer for a divorce if there are no children and both parties agree on everything?
3 Answers from Attorneys
I'm only licensed in Tennessee, so while I believe my answer would apply to other states, I can only be certain it applies here.
No. You do not have to have an attorney... but you also do not HAVE to have an attorney if you are charged with murder, nor do you have to have a dentist to do root canal work. You can ALWAYS do these things yourself.
But the risk of doing something wrong is fairly serious.
You could even end up still married.
It should cost considerably less than $500 to get a divorce when both of you agree on everything and there are no children... but failing to get an attorney could cost you much, much more later.
Jes Beard, Attorney at Law
737 Market St., Suite 601
You probably don't need a lawyer, unless you want to make sure it's done right. There was old English lawyer who, at his favorite pub, daily drank a toast to those who saved money by not using a lawyer. He toasted the fact that he would make ten times the amount he would have charged originally by straightening out the mess later. The money you spend now on a lawyer will save you plenty later.
Mark R. Sullivan - Attorney at Law
1204 1st Ave. E, Ste. A
A lawyer is like an insurance policy. If you have no claims for the year, you may feel like you have
wasted your money. However, if disaster occurs, you will glad you bought the policy. In a divorce, a
lawyer should be able to anticipate more problems than you can. In the years to come, the separation
agreement will determine your relationship with your spouse. There are some circumstances that could
occur even though there are no children. At a minimum, I suggest you talk to a lawyer. Many lawyers
will meet with you once without charging you.
Law Office of Alan J. Pransky
20 Eastbrook Road