Do You Really Need a Lawyer in Divorce Court?

You may have heard the expression that “a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client.” So, what exactly does that make people who decide to handle their own cases in divorce court?  The Latin term “res ipsa loquitur” comes to mind.  Although it’s a doctrine that normally applies to tort law, the fact that “the thing speaks for itself” says it all. When you decide to represent yourself in court, you become a pro se litigant. In some cases, ending your marriage might seem simple enough. Fill out a few forms and “poof,” your life returns to single status. No doubt that there are select cases where going to court without a lawyer appears cost-effective. Unfortunately, chances are that you’ll wind up wishing that you did retain a legal advocate. It’s akin to thinking you can stitch up your bleeding finger and not expect a permanent scar. It’s a lesson you don’t want to learn.…

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