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Three Problems With Pro Se Representation In Divorce Cases

Saving money is always a good idea, but there is a time and a place for cutting back on expenses. In order to make sure you do not take a financial misstep when coming up with a budget, you have to categorize your expenses into “needs” versus “wants”. The things you need to sustain a living fall into to “needs” category and include things like food and shelter. On the other hand, the things you can do without on a daily basis should be classified as “wants”. “Wants” include things like your daily coffee run or eating lunch out every day rather than brown bagging from time to time. When it comes to your legal needs, you should be sure and categorize the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney as a need. This is true regardless of the type of case you are involved in, because nearly every legal matter has the possibility to touch several areas of your life.

For family law and divorce cases you will especially want to enlist the services of an experienced attorney rather than try and go it alone. Three problems with representing yourself during divorce include:

  • Without the proper legal training and experience you run the risk of taking a procedural misstep or failing to make a motion at the right time. If you miss a deadline or do not abide by a Court order for lack of understanding, the Judge will not be sympathetic. While the law allows you to represent yourself, you should know that if you make that choice the Court will expect you to be as knowledgeable as a licensed attorney on every aspect of procedure and the law.
  • Representing yourself does not allow you to remain objective, and thus you can become too emotional to make rational decisions about what is best for your case. But an impartial attorney will be able to look at your case without a personal stake in the outcome and offer solutions that make sense.
  • When new legal trends surface you may not be aware of how they are applied to your case. This might cause you to lose out on valuable assets, or to receive less visitation with your kids than the law allows.

Our team works with you to develop your case and is ever mindful of the need to keep fees and costs at a minimum. That said, we do not compromise the level of representation provided and always work towards resolutions that are satisfactory. If you are thinking about divorce, call us to find out what you can expect.
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