Do You Have What It Takes To Represent Yourself In Your Family Law Case? Take This Quiz.
What you need to handle your own divorce, child custody, or child support case
If you’re considering representing yourself in your family law case, you need to take a hard look at whether you have the tools and skills to successfully do so. Take this quiz and honestly assess your situation.
Do you have the time to spend learning what you need to do, gathering information and documents, preparing and filing paperwork, and appearing in Court?
Do you have access to technology and know how to use it? Are you comfortable using the internet to research, using software to complete paperwork, and printing documents?
Can you analyze financial information and perform mathematical calculations?
Are you good with details? Some parts of your case will be technical, and even the less technical parts of your case will be detailed.
Do you have the ability to follow through on tasks and meet deadlines? Failing to complete required tasks or missing deadlines could be detrimental to your legal rights.
Can you separate your emotions about the situation and make smart decisions according to the law?
Do you have a mental or physical condition or are you on medication which could interfere with your ability to perform the required tasks, process information, or make decisions?
Do you have a good command of English? You will need to submit paperwork in English and will likely need to communicate with the Clerk and/or the Court, including giving testimony. If you’ll need help testifying in Court, you’ll need to make arrangements for an official translator to appear in Court with you.
Can you get to the Courthouse during business hours? Do you have reliable transportation and a flexible schedule?
Are you comfortable appearing in Court and presenting evidence to a judge?
Your situation may change as your family law case progresses, so be open to re-evaluating whether it’s best for you to continue representing yourself.