December 13, 2023
In Oklahoma, anyone can try to navigate the divorce and custody processes on their own. However, especially in high conflict cases, it can be a bad idea to do so. If the other party hires an attorney, then that self-represented person is at a considerable disadvantage. The judge has the same standards for representation whether the person has gone to law school or not. Someone who doesn’t have that legal knowledge and the experience of years or decades in divorce court simply won’t fare as well, regardless of how smart or capable they are or how sound they believe their case is. Without an attorney, people don’t realize how much of the process they aren’t aware of.
If someone is determined to represent themselves, they can come to me for information about the process. In this circumstance, I can’t cover every contingency that may come up between the time they file and the final divorce order, but I can give them an overview of the process.
It’s common in self-representation cases for people not to end up getting everything in the final order that they might have been able to with an attorney. People end up missing deadlines and court dates and having problems because of their lack of knowledge. They should know from the start how their lack of legal knowledge may affect their outcomes.
For more information on Self-Representation in a Divorce or Custody Case, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (405) 724-2525.