How To Go To Court If You’re Representing Yourself.

Tips For Parents In Family Law

There’s a lot of advice out there for parents having to go through a divorce and custody battle; choosing the right sources to listen to is paramount. Most mothers and fathers out there start out talking to friends and family before they start talking to attorneys in an effort to figure out what to do or where to start. Knowing what your rights are is incredibly important if you’re just beginning a case for custody, visitation or divorce. Historically, mothers have an easier time getting custody of the children. Without launching into a nature vs. nurture debate, it is a fact that having a positive father figure as well as a mother figure in a child’s life is beneficial to their upbringing. Here are some things to remember if you’re asking yourself these kinds of questions.

  • What Can You Do? Knowing your rights as a parent can give you a lot of insight into your next steps in your family legal matter. Like building a bridge, there are certain steps to follow in order to get the desired outcome. Finding out what you can or cannot do is a common question from parents. The concern is that they don’t want to do anything illegal or that could affect the outcome of the case. For example. A lot of parents ask whether they can leave the state with the child without getting into trouble; the concern is warranted. Before you take drastic actions, make sure you talk to someone who can explain your rights to you.
  • Be Able To Prove It. One of the biggest mistakes parents make in family legal matters is telling the judge their ex did or did not do something and not having the appropriate evidence to present to the court to back up their claims. That being said, it’s a great idea to have an accurate record of what happened and when. This means having information about who picked up the children last week to take them to soccer or band practice or having records of e-mails, text messages or voice mails are all great things to have if you need to back up any claims you make or have to defend yourself against false allegations. The judge is going to make a decision based on the facts that are presented to them. They can only see hard evidence. They don’t know you on a personal level and they don’t know what’s going on inside your head. The law is impartial and objective, switching your line of thinking to this view will help you approach your case in the best manner possible.

Having a “big picture” perspective on all this stuff can be helpful if you feel like the task ahead of you is impossible or that you’ll lose your case based on what your ex is doing (hiring attorneys etc). If you break it up into smaller pieces, it’s easier to tackle the situation one bit at a time rather than trying to eat an elephant in one bite. A lawyer can help you make a game plan to best handle your family legal issue; this can be an expensive route to take. It is possible to get the issue resolved by representing yourself. This scares a lot of people because they think they need an attorney to go to court with them. What you really need is a good strategy and the right documents to file in court. If you’re uncertain about how to do this, seek help from an advocacy group or paralegal that can help you with this.

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Posted in Child Custody, Child Visitation, Courtroom Preparation, Divorce, Family Court
2 comments on “How To Go To Court If You’re Representing Yourself.
  1. Family Law says:

    Great article on representing yourself in court. Although its always a better idea to be represented by a family law lawyer, in some cases people can’t afford a lawyer so this information is very helpful.

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