Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects are great when you want fresh ideas on how to decorate for a party and you want to save some money. But the concept is not so great when your future, finances and children are on the line. It may appear appealing to save money and push yourself through a divorce process bypassing proper legal representation, but you might want to think twice before venturing down that path.

Couples who separate are often imbalanced financially afterwards. The lack of immediate funds to secure a divorce lawyer, may lead to taking the “easy” way out, but suffer long-term as a result. Unfortunately, the one who bears the cost of a botched divorce is yourself and any children who are at the mercy of your execution and decision making.

Here are the top three reasons you should avoid a DIY divorce:

MistakesThe legal system is intricate and often complicated to someone who is representing themselves and going through the paperwork alone. You are at risk for connecting dots that don’t belong and making assumptions based on common knowledge instead of a deep understanding of all the legal facets involved.

Neglecting the details – You may have an idea of what to address and what to include in your divorce, but have you studied the details related to your case? A DIY divorce takes careful consideration of every detail that affects your future, financial expenses, custody, parenting plans and more. There is simply more room for error in all these aspects that impact your outcome. Once decisions are finalized, they are often difficult to overturn and change legally.

RegretWhen mistakes and lack of detailed information exists, you end up having things turn out less than ideal and/or you end up spending more money trying to revise and make changes after the fact. It is hard to move forward in a future that you helped create by relying on yourself to do the job of a professional. When you have regrets like this, you can only blame yourself for going through the process alone or with little help and assistance.

The good news is that you are never alone when it comes to managing a divorce. There are many great resources available to help you take a smart approach to addressing all areas of your divorce. Proper legal representation can easily spare you the long-term consequences of regret and financial burdens. Professional oversight untangles the mess of your situation and puts a well-organized plan in place. Your peace of mind in doing it right the first time is priceless.