No, you have the right to represent yourself; you may be able to divorce your spouse without paying for an attorney. It’s called a Pro Se (on your own behalf) divorce, it’s a matter of completing all the required paperwork, paying the filing fee or asking for a fee waiver so you don’t pay the court costs such as filling and process of services, all of which you can do yourself.
Please note that going to court and doing a “do-it-yourself” divorce is not always wise, but it’s an option you should consider if money for an attorney is a not available and your divorce isn’t complicated. I do, however, recommend that you get a competent professional LDA/Paralegal to assist you.
Save yourself the hassle of walking through deputies and a security gate, going to court, standing in long lines and being tended by overworked clerks that cannot give you any advice. There should be a certified Paralegal or LDA in your area that is legally able to assist you as a “Pro Per” litigant.
In the state of California there are thousands of Pro Per Divorces are filed everyday. Here are the Legal Steps for a Divorce:
Have a discussion with your spouse and gather the forms you need to file for divorce or contact an LDA/ Paralegal to get the following:
Each and every case is different. This is why it’s always recommended to get fully informed and consulted by attorneys and paralegals/ LDA’s that are qualified to assist you in this time of need. This is not an easy process. In fact, doing a so called “simple divorce” is never simple because you are required to invest your time, effort and money. Remember to protect yourself and ensure your due rights as a pro per litigant. Good Luck.
Michael J. Rojas Jr. is a Los Angeles Paralegal with over 13 years experience as a litigation paralegal. He is the founder of Los Angeles Legales.