Can I Represent Myself in My Family Law Case?
The short answer is yes. A growing number of people are representing themselves in their divorce, child custody, or other family law matters. The Court refers to a person who is representing themselves as “pro se.” Individuals who are motivated, organized, have good communication skills, and can stand up for themselves make the best pro se litigants.
In order to advocate for yourself, you must be able to make logical arguments and remain calm when being challenged. Representing yourself in court takes time and preparation. If you are unable to devote time to prepare for your case in advance of your court date or if you have a complex issue, representing yourself may not be your best option.
The Courts hold pro se parties to the same standards as parties who are represented by an attorney. Therefore, it is important for a pro se party to be aware and follow the court’s rules and procedures and know what legal resources to search and to bring to the Courts attention, if needed.
At The Harris Law Firm, we’re proud to offer our LawYourWay℠ legal clinic to pro se litigants who want access to qualified legal coaching while still being able to represent themselves. Because you pay for only what you need, it can be a cost-effective solution for those with the time and desire to take on their own cases.
Learn more about LawYourWay℠, or contact us to speak with an attorney.