You can get divorced without using a divorce lawyer. The legal term for this is “Pro Se litigant”. Those who have decided to do this do so for a number of different reasons. Before we look at the pros and cons of doing this, let’s explore these reasons.
The majority of people for not hiring a lawyer is the inability to afford their fees. Even those people who have never had to hire the services of an attorney know just how expensive they actually are. It is because of those fees, and the lack of legal aid to help them, that people decide to either stay together on paper or decide to do it themselves. Very often, if a divorce is not contested, this is a second reason not to use a lawyer. A divorce is generally not contested if there are no children or assets involved, which also means that lawyers really aren’t needed. Last but not least, if someone feels their lawyer is not giving them a good service, they often decide to continue the proceedings themselves.
Do people actually have a good point citing these reasons? In general, it can be agreed that defending yourself is not a good idea. First of all, it must be acknowledged that lawyers study for years in order to be able to do their job, and it would be arrogant to think that their job is so easy you can do it yourself. Most of the time, people wouldn’t even know how to complete and file the paperwork. Indeed, it costs a lot of money to hire an attorney, but the majority have some flat fee packages for divorces, so you know exactly how much you will pay. It may seem easy with an uncontested divorce, but couples will often suddenly find something to fight over. Arguments can erupt over something as simple as the dog’s collar and lead, or the books that nobody ever reads anymore anyway. And when couples reach this point, which they generally do, they will suddenly contest everything. For those who feel misrepresented, it isn’t right to immediately decide all lawyers will misrepresent you. Also do some soul searching: are you upset because you are not getting your own way, or because the lawyer is actually doing a bad job? Generally speaking, it would be a better idea to switch lawyers, which shouldn’t make you incur any additional costs. At the end of the day, they are able to continue on from the work of their predecessor. Clearly, if you are going through a divorce, find a good lawyer to assist you in this.