The Perils of Unrepresented Parties

In family law, like any other civil court, you have the right to represent yourself. Self-representation, however, can add more anxiety to an already strained situation. You are already under a tremendous amount of stress and pressure; adding unfamiliarity with law and court settings will only make it worse.

Don’t let yourself or a family member go into court unprepared and unrepresented. Here are three reasons why a family lawyer is someone you need to have in your corner:

  1. A family lawyer will have extensive knowledge needed in your situation.

A family lawyer knows the law surrounding family issues. The lawyer will be knowledgeable in areas of law that you did not know exist. An attorney can also help guide you through the daunting stacks of paperwork correctly, without the risk of misinterpretation or errors.

  1. A family lawyer will know the correct procedures for filing.

An unrepresented party may not know the appropriate filing procedures or fail to file correctly. The paperwork is a direct representation of the situation, which is why following procedures is extremely important. Being uninformed about family law can lower your stake in the situation. An experienced family lawyer can help you avoid this peril.

  1. A family lawyer can offer an impartial but knowledgeable view of the situation.

If you enter a family court without representation, emotions of the situation may be overwhelming. The family lawyer can offer advice and counseling throughout the proceedings, from the preparation through to the end. Your family lawyer can even provide a sense of emotional support during the times of representation in court. Knowing there is a person who is understanding and knowledgeable in the situation will help you keep your emotions under control.

A family lawyer is crucial to the success of your case. Don’t put yourself through the stress and difficulty of representing yourself; let Cortez Family Law help you put your best case forward.

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