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Why should I not represent myself in the family law case?

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Why should I not represent myself in the family law case? – McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer L.C. Why should I not represent myself in the family law case? – McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer L.C.

Why should I not represent myself in the family law case?

  1. Individuals representing themselves are held to the same standard as lawyers. This means that you will be expected to follow the same rules of civil procedure as lawyers. If you don’t there could be negative consequences for your case.
  1. Individuals representing themselves often miss key issues. Recently, an individual came into our office having represented herself in the original divorce trial. She failed to ask for retroactive child support at trial, and as such, was unable to get it. That individual missed out on money for herself and her children.
  1. Lawyers serve as a buffer between the judge and individual’s emotions. Lawyers distill down what are complex, emotionally tense issues to individuals into short, straightforward arguments to the judge.
  1. The dissolution or modification process is already emotionally draining enough. It is draining and painful to go through a dissolution or modification. Navigating a complex court process alone can make it overly emotional or painful.

 

-Laura H. Stobie
McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer, L.C.