You just filed for a Massachusetts divorce and went to tell your siblings and parents. You met with your best friend and gave her the news as well. Of course, she has advice about what you need to do next.
Friends and family members mean well, but they might not know what to do in that type of situation.
Therefore, they think that you might benefit from their advice. This is especially true if they've gone through a divorce as well.
While it's good to lean on loved ones for emotional support, it's not the best way to get the legal advice you need. Each divorce is different, with different circumstances and elements involved. Maybe you have kids, a seven-figure bank account, retirement funds and several properties. This is a much more complex divorce than the one your sister went through when she was married for a year and had no kids, no retirement assets and a couple hundred dollars in the bank.
Here are some more reasons why you shouldn't take divorce advice from friends.
Your Friends Are Rooting for You Only
This can cause problems if you're looking for an amicable divorce. Your friends, however, may be looking for revenge and want to see you fight a nasty battle. This is not in your best interest, especially if you have kids. You may be focusing on fairness, but they want you to get as much as possible out of a divorce. While it's great to have your friends on your side, you don't want them to dictate how you should divorce your spouse.
Your Friends Don't Know All the Details
You may have spilled some secrets about your marriage, but chances are, your friends don't know every single detail about your married life. They likely don't know about your assets, including your income. They don't know what went on behind closed doors. Your friends may think you're making a huge mistake. They may think you're making a rash decision when in fact you've been mulling over this decision for years. They can't give legal advice if they don't know the whole story.
Friends Are Not Objective
You have your friends because they are always there for you. They are there for you emotionally, which makes them great pillars of support during a Massachusetts divorce. But at the same time, they are not objective. You need objective advice during a divorce, and that's what a lawyer can provide for you.
Massachusetts divorce lawyers are able to help clients because they don't get emotional during the divorce process. They provide clients with the facts and legal help
While your friends may mean well, they don't know the law or your unique situation. It's best to hire a lawyer to give you the legal advice you need. Relying on friends could cost more in the long run.
The Law Offices of Renee Lazar will keep your best interests in mind as we work to dissolve your marriage. If you're ready to file for divorce, contact us today at 978-844-4095 to schedule a FREE one hour no obligation consultation.