You may represent yourself in a divorce settlement, but beware of going into the process without adequate preparation
It is possible to represent yourself in a divorce or other family law proceeding. Many people choose to do this because they don’t think they can afford a divorce attorney. However, before you assume self-representation is less costly than hiring an attorney, be sure to consider what could happen if an unfavorable judgment is reached in your case as a result of your lack of courtroom experience! As a compromise, you may wish to at least consult an attorney for advice before attempting to represent yourself in court.
What is Self-Representation?
Self-representation means advocating on one’s own behalf before a court, rather than being represented by a lawyer. This may occur in any court proceeding, whether one is the defendant or plaintiff, and whether the matter is civil or criminal. Pro se is a Latin phrase meaning “for oneself”. This status is sometimes known as propria persona (abbreviated to “pro per”).
Why Consult a Divorce Attorney
Facing legal matters without the benefit of education, training, and experience can be daunting. The paperwork can be confusing and the legal process will be unfamiliar, even though the Judicial Council of the Judiciary Branch of the State of California works tirelessly to create forms that simplify the legal process. As many litigants in today’s economy are facing an inability to hire counsel for financial reasons, Thomas and Kristina are willing and ready to meet with you to explain the process and point you in the right direction. For example we can assist by reviewing settlement terms or by advising you on the next steps that will be necessary to bring your matter closer to a resolution.