When it comes to the legal system, you’ve probably heard about people hiring attorneys as well as representing themselves. For instance, you’ve probably watched crime shows where the criminal defendant chose to fire his attorney and represent himself, but it almost never ends well. Can you do the same for your divorce, can you represent yourself?
Yes, you can choose to represent yourself in a divorce, but is this wise? You’d have a very difficult time finding a single divorce attorney who would recommend this practice. You see, spouses who represent themselves in divorce proceedings are held to the same standards as experienced divorce attorneys who have been admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Will the Court Go Easy on Me?
“If I represent myself in my divorce, will the court go easy on me?” Sorry, but no. You won’t catch a break. If you represent yourself, you will not be exempt from understanding and adhering to the court’s local rules, not to mention the state’s divorce laws.
Divorce is not a DIY process. We do not recommend that you represent yourself, especially if you have assets, debts, or minor children together. If you’re like most of our clients, your divorce will involve:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Asset division
- Debt division
If one of you earns significantly more than the other spouse, then your case may involve spousal support in addition to the above. “But what if I can’t afford to drop thousands on my divorce? What if I don’t have a lot of money to spend?” If you’re seeking a cheap, no-fault divorce, Cairns Law Offices has you covered.
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Our divorce firm handles no-fault divorces for just $249. If you’re thinking about representing yourself, we suggest taking advantage of our cheap divorce services instead. The $249 is worth every penny when you consider the peace of mind you’re getting – knowing the divorce was handled by a skilled divorce attorney – call us today!