Busted But Not Responsible? Tips For Your Defense

If you've been arrested for a crime you didn't commit, you need to defend your legal rights. You have the right to an attorney who can help you present your case. After being wrongly accused of something myself, I learned quickly how to navigate the legal avenues to have my case dismissed. My attorney was a great resource for building the case, and because of my understanding of the law, it worked. I created this site to share what I learned along the way and some other great tips for others who have been wrongly accused and arrested for a crime.

Do You Need A Divorce Lawyer?

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It can be tempting to think about going it alone in a divorce proceeding, especially if the divorce is mutually amicable between both spouses. The objective truth of the matter, however, is that is it almost always a bad idea to represent oneself pro se (a Latin phrase that roughly translates to "on one's own behalf"). Divorces are deeply personal affairs and that personal proximity can often render people blind to facts and issues that would otherwise be crystal clear to them. Even lawyers who practice particular fields of law (such as divorce law) will hire another attorney to represent them in their own divorce instead of representing themselves exactly for this very reason. Moreover, the entire divorce law system can be extremely complex and difficult to navigate, even for the professionally familiar. The initial cost of hiring a divorce lawyer might seem steep at the moment, but given the benefit of time, the retrospective always elucidates the true long-term value of doing so. After all, what's a few thousand dollars for a retainer now to make sure you (or your soon-to-be ex-spouse) don't throw away what could be tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars years down the road? That's the true benefit of hiring a divorce lawyer.  

Divorce in the Military

This is also true for those in the United States military who are seeking, or in the process of filing, a divorce from their spouse. In the case of military service members, this can introduce additional potential complexities with which a purely civilian divorce would never have to deal. In particular, divorces are always handled by a local or state jurisdiction in which one or both the spouses live, or maintain a permanent legal residence. In the case of a service member stationed abroad on a foreign base, this can create jurisdictional issues. Of course, the Judge Advocate General (JAG) service of the United States military may make attorneys available at no cost to qualifying personnel, those services could be somewhat less-than comprehensive, and it would be incumbent upon the service member to hire a non-military lawyer. There are also many more nuances that arise in a divorce involving members of the military as military benefits and pensions will also likely be a valid subject of the proceedings regarding marital assets to be divided. In most cases, the non-military spouse would be entitled to at least some of the military member's pension benefits (provided the non-military spouse does not remarry within a certain time frame).  

For more information, contact a divorce lawyer near you. 


8 May 2020