There will soon be an ethics rule adopted that allows non-lawyers to represent other people in Arizona courtrooms under certain limited circumstances. For many, this can be an enticing offer to take on. This is especially true for people who are going through a divorce as they may want a close family friend to assist them with the case. However, this may not be the best route to take. You generally should never represent yourself or have a non-attorney assist you in these types of matters.
Agreements are much harder to reach than people think
Sitting down and determining what should be divided during a divorce may seem like a straightforward thing to take on. However, the reason why it looks easy is that most family law attorneys have done it over and over again. Issues such as tax implications, legal obstacles, and what is legally fair for your former spouse are just some of the things an attorney should have input into.
Child custody is very complex
If children are involved, an attorney who is experienced in divorce law is an asset. The fact is that a judge will choose the parent who is most responsible and provides the best life for the child. The act of refusing representation may already be putting you at a disadvantage in terms of your image. In addition, a lack of legal advice places your spouse light-years in front of you, thus practically ensuring that their requests are accepted by the judge.
An uncontested divorce isn’t obstacle-free
One of the most common mistakes people make is thinking that simply because their divorce is not contested that they are not going to face any issues. Although they are much easier to deal with, an uncontested divorce still contains certain obstacles that an attorney may be able to help you with. For example, an attorney can help you craft any agreements or demands properly, which can expedite the process.
A person going through a divorce will quickly find out that there are many moving parts to the process. Thus it is highly recommended to avoid attempting to represent yourself and instead have an experienced attorney handle your case.