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It seems that often people wrestle with themselves over the decision of whether or not to hire an attorney. While I will outline some of my thoughts on this frequently asked question, the baseline is clear: HIRE AN ATTORNEY.

DIY Divorce Can Turn Into $$$

While there are online court assistance programs to aid in filing for divorce, they are a one-size-fits-all approach, meaning it won’t likely address your situation or needs and are cumbersome and confusing, often requiring the help of an attorney to amend what’s been done so you can be sure it fits your needs and is enforceable.

Sometimes the process of correcting mistakes made during the initial stages of a case can be more expensive than hiring an attorney from the start.

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock

The majority of family law cases require a vast amount of time. It may surprise you, but the bulk of the time spent on a case isn’t in a courtroom, it’s spent at a desk. A great amount of time and effort goes into preparing case pleadings and researching case law.

These are important elements of a case that can weigh heavily on the end result of your case. If you aren’t prepared to hire someone to do that work for you, be prepared to put in the time your case requires.

Call the Professionals

You seek the help of a doctor when you’re sick, so why not seek the expertise of a legal professional?

The law is constantly adapting and changing, so it can be difficult for you to stay up to date on changes that might be crucial to your case. A family law case can have lasting effects on your life, so don’t risk handling it on your own.

I also recommend not just hiring a general practice attorney, but one specializing in the area of family law. After all, for your feet you would see a podiatrist, so when it comes to your family law case, seek a family law attorney.

Who You ‘Gonna Call?

There comes a time in almost every case when a person simply needs an answer in an urgent situation. Whether it’s trying to calculate your child support effectively, or interpreting a parent time statue correctly. So, if you and your ex are at odds on the interpretation of a parent time statue, who do you call? It can give you peace of mind knowing you have a knowledgeable team that’s simply a call away.

So, in conclusion, HIRE AN ATTORNEY. I simply can’t stress enough how beneficial it can be to have a professional assisting you in your family law case. It can make all the difference in the amount of time your case takes, as well as the outcome. Rather than trying to go at it on your own, only to complicate the case, hire a professional to begin with.

At Burton Law, we have the experience to assist you with your case whether simple or complex. Our team members will guide you through the process and put your mind at ease.


Peter is one of the top up-and-coming young lawyers in the state. Raised in Layton, Utah, Peter was named by the Standard-Examiner as among the top 2% of Utah’s high school seniors.

In addition to his current practice, Peter’s practical experience includes serving as extern corporate counsel for Shiseido, one of the world’s largest cosmetic corporations, and clerking for federal criminal appellate counsel. He has extensive experience in family law matters.

He enjoys feeling like he has made a difference helping his clients with their domestic case needs.

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