Technically, yes. The law does not require you to have a lawyer. Parties are allowed appear in court “pro se” which means without an attorney. But, if you have a toothache, would you rather see a dentist to have it treated or just go ahead and pull it out yourself? Would you rather draw the designs for a house yourself or have an architect help you draw the plans?
A lawyer experienced in helping couples through the difficult transition of divorce will have valuable insight into how to do things today to avoid problems tomorrow.
Lawyers also can tell you specifically how the legal standards would be applied in your situation. These legal standards, or as we like to think of them, the community’s standards, can be a helpful guide in deciding how to resolve differences with your spouse. But even more important, specially trained collaborative attorneys can help you surface and understand your needs and interests. Then they can help you figure out a financial plan for your future or a parenting plan for your children that works for you and your family specifically, even if it’s not cut in the precise mold of the community’s standards.
If you wouldn’t prescribe your own medications for a new ailment, but instead, would see a licensed doctor to determine the medicine you need, don’t attempt to get divorced without consulting with a family law attorney. There are reasons for the lengthy education and training requirements for doctors and lawyers. If you are considering divorce without a lawyer, contact us first to learn more about how collaborative divorce may be of value to you.