Getting Legal Help for Divorce
Although the court process for divorce can be challenging, many people are able to start and finish their court cases on their own or with limited help from solicitors or legal support professionals.
The best way to get help is to hire a qualified divorce solicitor. If you do not want to hire a solicitor, or cannot afford one, you should consider at least scheduling a consultation with a solicitor, or several divorce solicitors, to get a professional opinion about your case. Consultations are usually either free or low-cost. A consultation with a solicitor can often save you time and money in the long run. A solicitor can help you decide if any court action should be taken, and if so, how best to go forward. A solicitor can give you confidential (private) advice and help you figure out how to present and argue your case. Some solicitors offer "unbundled" or "discrete task" services, meaning you hire them to do only certain parts of the case, such as preparing court forms, appearing in court, negotiating agreements, etc. In this type of arrangement, you do the remaining work.
Most people need at least some information and help in order to be able to pick the right type of court case to start, choose appropriate court forms and procedures, and decide how to present certain issues to the court.
You are not required to have a solicitor. You may hire a divorce solicitor to represent you in your case, or you may represent yourself. If you represent yourself, the court will expect you to meet the same standard as it does a solicitor. You will be expected to know how to present your case, what the rules and procedures are, etc. The judge and court clerks cannot help you argue or present your case, or tell you what you need to do next. If you hire a solicitor, you must pay all of their fees. The court cannot give you a free solicitor in family law cases.
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