You don’t always need an attorney if you’re getting divorced. In Florida there is what’s called pro se representation when you represent yourself. What you have to understand when you’re representing yourself though is that the courts have to assume that you have the same legal knowledge and ability as an attorney even though you’re not an attorney. They can’t assist you, the judges and the magistrates are not able to help you carry your case forward therefore if you are not an attorney and you’re carrying the case forward you won’t know the steps that are needed, you won’t know what to file, you won’t know how to answer and this can really cause devastating financial repercussions down the line because some of the decisions that you’re making now, some of the motions that you may be filing for now are going to be things that are going to carry forward, sometimes for the rest of your child’s life.
So if you’re getting divorced and your children are two, three, four, five, you’re talking about some decisions that are going to in place for the next 16, 15, 14 years. So those are really sometimes the problems that you encounter as a pro se.
There are options available besides hiring an attorney for full representation. I’m able to do hourly representation where I can guide you, where I can provide insight into some of the things that are happening in the courthouse. Limited representation where I can do work only on one motion, one issue or one court appearance. So it’s best not to let simply financial drawbacks keep you from possibly hiring an attorney.See all videos