Is It Possible To File For Divorce Without A Lawyer?
Filing for divorce without a lawyer in an uncontested divorce
- retirement savings
- minor children
- Multiple real properties bought before marriage with mortgage payment paid during the marriage
- Property bought during the marriage with your separate property down payment.
- A Business
- Retirements accounts
Contesting divorce – Warnings for filing divorce without a lawyer
As mentioned above it is always possible to file a divorce without a lawyer, but in a contested divorce doing so is difficult and risky.
It is especially risky if your spouse is represented by a lawyer. If your spouse has a lawyer and you decide to go in PRO PER, you might end-up with an unfavorable and unfair deal for multiple reasons.
- You don’t know what judges are looking for in the facts presented to the court – whatever seems important to you might appear irrelevant for the judge.
- You don’t know the rules of evidence and would not be able to present your evidence and examine the witnesses properly.
- Complex procedural issues might arise during the process of your divorce which you would not be able to handle.
What if I can’t afford a lawyer for my divorce?
If you cannot afford an attorney, but your spouse is represented; you may ask the court to request your spouse pay for your representation for the interest of justice.
Another possibility is to check if you quality for free legal services. If you live in Orange County, you might check Legal Aid Society of Orange County or other organizations providing cost free representation for low income clients.
How should I handle a divorce when domestic violence is involved?
If you have a “divorce with domestic violence” case, filing for divorce without a lawyer will not end well. A domestic violence hearing in family law court must be presented to the judge with the strict rules of evidence; this is challenging even for attorneys to handle in the dynamic environment of the court house.
Clients frequently think that hiring an attorney will delay the completion of their case. It is not always true. It is common that people that self represent have their cases rejected and have to start over again after waiting for a long time.
If you are careful in selecting your attorney; and choose one that cares about helping you solve your problems, you might save much more money and time than trying to represent yourself.
Divorce Orange CA attorneys encourage clients to proceed with an uncontested divorce rather than contested and will help you to try to make that happen even when it seems impossible. When it is discussed reasonably, it becomes obvious that spending money on legal fights will drain all of the money you are fighting over and make your problems worse.
Divorce Orange CA offers a flat fee package to complete your divorce. Our flat fee uncontested divorce is $499 without minor children and $599 with minor children from the beginning to the end. Our prices are competitive with most Orange County paralegal prices and our clients are very satisfied with the result and stress free process.
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The important difference between using a paralegal and an attorney at Divorce Orange CA is that we can provide legal advice and service that a paralegal if not allowed to by law.