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Pro Se Divorce: When You Can't Afford a Divorce Attorney

By August 11, 2010

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Pro Se divorce litigation means you are representing yourself in your divorce case, without an attorney. The procedures that you must follow are the same if you are Pro Se, except you will be responsible for filling and filing out all the legal forms. Some of the factors that play a role in a person deciding on a Pro Se divorce are:

  • They can't afford to hire an attorney.
  • They are getting an uncontested divorce, have no children or marital assets and don't want the added expense of an attorney.
  • They become dissatisfied with their divorce attorney and feel they could do a better job on their own.

Before you take on the job of representing yourself in your divorce case consider the legal aspects, not only the emotional aspects of the divorce. If you are not able to keep the two separated, it is best to hire a divorce attorney. Issues such as dividing marital property, deciding child custody, negotiating alimony and determining child support can have long-lasting, negative consequences if not handled properly.

You have the right to represent yourself, to be a Pro Se litigant but, the divorce process can be complex and I highly encourage anyone who can afford representation to seek it, if at all possible. If you choose to go Pro Se and represent yourself in your divorce case you should...post continued

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