Federal Law gives everyone the right to represent themselves in the court of law without an attorney. Individuals who represent themselves in court regarding a legal dispute without the aid and guidance of a lawyer are known as pro-se litigants. The term pro se litigant (or pro se legal representation) comes from the Latin term “pro se,” which literally translates to “on behalf of themselves.”
Pro se litigants are found in the context of both civil and criminal cases and often choose to represent themselves in the court of law for various reasons. In fact, over the past several years, courts have seen an increase in the number of individuals who represent themselves in the court of law- especially in the context of divorce and family law disputes.
While the idea of representing yourself in a legal debacle may be tempting, going into life-changing legal situations without the assistance of a professional such as an experienced family lawyer can prove to be risky, tiring, and time-consuming. There are several reasons why you may want to consider going through divorce with a lawyer rather than taking on the task alone.
Lawyers Will Help You Avoid Big Mistakes
It’s the unfortunate truth: the depths of the legal system are not tailored to those who have little to no experience with the process. The procedure of accurately and completely filing a divorce is not only stressful, but it is procedurally challenging and confusing.
Simple mistakes in the process of filing for and preparing for divorce, such as forgetting to address certain issues or failing to provide important information to the court, can prolong and possibly damage the outcome of your case. In some cases, the failure to be accurate in filing for divorce can result in having to start the process over again from the beginning.
A Lawyer Can Ensure A Clear Outcome
While a lawyer can never promise that you will get everything you want out of a divorce settlement or hearing, lawyers are trained in knowing how to draft certain agreements to guarantee comfort and provide assurance for the future. Not only do lawyers understand and excel at using legal language to get important information across, but their goal in doing so is to ensure that you get the best outcome possible out of the divorce.
Ensuring that all agreements that come out of the divorce are straightforward and binding is especially pivotal in a divorce that imposes future obligations on each party. For example, a clear and binding agreement is especially important between two parties who have come to terms on the management and future care of children of the marriage.
Divorce Proceedings are Typically Emotional and Stressful
Litigation works most efficiently when all legal representatives are able to remain composed, calm, and in control of the situation. In the case of a pro se litigant, that legal representative is also a party in the midst of the divorce at hand. This means that it is common for pro se litigants to find that their cases do not end up as successful or amicable as they originally hoped in the beginning.
One of the advantages of having a lawyer by your side is the assurance that you will not have to carry the burden of the divorce process on your own. Not only will a lawyer continuously serve as a zealous advocate for you and your case, but a good, competent lawyer will also remain professional and ensure that your case is on the right track.
While the pro se litigant may be at many disadvantages in the legal system, there is no denying that pro se litigants are granted protection by the court system. Even with these protections, however, the problems that being a pro se litigant are undoubtedly daunting. If you are interested in obtaining a divorce and want to learn more about seeking the legal protection that you deserve, contact our Colorado family law specialists today.
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