As I mentioned in the money blog, we highly recommend you hire and retain an attorney. While this may cost you a small fortune, we’ll do our best to try and explain the benefits of having one. First, there is an age-old adage of “the person who represents himself in court has a fool for a client.” In layman’s terms, don’t represent yourself in court. Attorneys, even the best of them, live by this advice, and for good reasons. It is far more likely that you will have a favorable outcome if you have an attorney than if you don’t.
Another reason is, you will be more “emotionally” involved in the case and not be able to see things objectively. Not saying you don’t have the right to be emotional when it comes to fighting for your child(ren); however, the courtroom is not the place for those emotions. Custody, visitation, heck, any legal challenge or issue can be emotionally charging and draining. Let the attorney do the fighting for you in court. Focus your time on becoming a better person, husband, and dad.
They are Experts
Attorneys practice law every day. They have practically spent their entire life preparing for and becoming an expert at law. Attorneys have studied for years, passed rigorous tests, exams, the bar exam and even participate in ongoing training. They also have a vested interest in winning your case! In addition, courts are almost like going to a foreign country. In that country, they have a ruler (The Judge) and speak a specific language. Just as you would not go to a foreign country without someone guiding you, don’t trust yourself to tread into the foreign land called the legal system without an experienced person guiding you. I’ve tried to represent myself before in court twice. Both times, were not a favorable outcome. Another example would be, let’s say, you were to break your leg. You can either Google or Youtube how to set your broken bone. Or you can go to a surgeon who is trained in the proper techniques for setting the broken bone. I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly no doctor or attorney and I only know how to speak one language. I always saw better results of when I had an attorney, than when I didn’t!
While you have the right to represent yourself “pro se”. We discussed some of the challenges faced when doing so in this article. Some people have been able to successfully represented themselves while others have not. Hiring an attorney is probably your best option if you can afford to do so. We recommend at lt least speaking with an attorney first about your case. Most attorney offer a free consultation while there are a few that charge. We know finances can be hard to come so you may want to check with your local legal aid.
We shared our top 3 free resources for finding an attorney near you in this article. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to check them out and see what they have to offer. We have used one of the services and was quite happy with the outcome. The attorney we hired has won 4 cases for us and did a really great job. Don’t be discouraged if you have to go through several attorneys before you find one that best suits you.