Although attorneys can facilitate the divorce process, you and your spouse don't have to retain legal representation in order to get divorced. However, in most cases, even the simplest divorce requires more than a form found online. When a nonattorney tries to complete one of these forms, mistakes often occur--these mistakes are avoided when an attorney handles the matter from the start. To ensure the most efficient and cost-effective outcome in the long-term, it is best to consult an attorney as you begin your divorce process.