Can I file my divorce paperwork myself?

Yes, it is possible, but it’s generally not recommended, especially in cases of contested divorce. Filing or representing yourself in court without legal counsel is commonly referred to as “Pro Se” (pro-say). If you choose to represent yourself, you need to be well-versed in the specific forms required by the court to ensure the proper processing of your case. You must also understand how to serve the Defendant correctly, complete your financial affidavit accurately, calculate the child support worksheet when children are involved, and use precise language when submitting documents to the court to safeguard your rights.

It’s important to note that the Clerk of Court cannot provide you with legal advice or guidance. Opting for a Pro Se approach carries a higher risk of your rights not being adequately protected, potential gaps in your paperwork, important issues left unaddressed, and other possible pitfalls. While financial constraints may sometimes limit your ability to hire an attorney, if you find yourself in this situation, it’s advisable to seek a free consultation and familiarize yourself as much as possible with the court’s rules and regulations before proceeding. For all your family law requirements, reach out to Dreyer Law today.

Please remember, this article is merely meant for guidance and information purposes. It is NOT intended as legal advice nor does it establish attorney/client relationship or privilege.