Why Shouldn't I Go Into Court or a Hearing Without Any Legal Representation Whatsoever?


By Michael Iverson of Affordable Legal Assistance posted in Child Custody on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

If you've gone into divorce court or child custody, visitation and support actions by yourself and the court issues orders, you may have impacted the amount of support you pay, the time with your kids, and many other issues that cannot be undone or that are very expensive to fight. There are many horror stories about clients who represent themselves. One such situation involved a client who came to us after failing to file paperwork or respond in the proper manner or appear at a hearing for custody, visitation and support. At that hearing, the Court gave full custody of the children (legal and physical) to the other parent, who is a dual citizen of the US and another country. This has provided that parent with the ability to take the kids and leave the country. As a result, our client was required to hire us to file a motion to set aside the judgment (as if it never existed) to fight the orders and keep control of the kids here in the US. This was an expensive procedure that could have been avoided had the client taken advantage of the hybrid system and the benefit of legal counsel prior to that fateful outcome. Never the less, the amount paid through the Hybrid System for the motion to set aside the judgment and for the request for hearing to modify custody, visitation and support was far less expensive than the alternative of full representation by an attorney.

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