Traditionally, people get a lawyer for their family court case. Hiring a lawyer means you trust someone else who’s educated, experienced, and knows how to study the particular facts and apply them to the law. That’s the best way to get help, but also the most expensive. How do you prepare without the money to pay a lawyer?
You are getting divorced from your ex, or you’re unmarried with a child, and you’re getting separated. When do you need, and when do you NOT need a lawyer? Are mediators helpful?
If you can’t afford a lawyer, you’re not alone. The vast majority of people in family court can’t either, and don’t have lawyers – they go it alone. Depending upon where you live or who you ask, the number of self reps can range anywhere from two-thirds to 90 percent. The first thing to ask yourself before you decide to go without you, is will it hurt you? Can you do it?