Is there any way to file for divorce without the use of a lawyer?

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Is there any way to file for divorce without the use of a lawyer?

My wife and I split due to her infidelity 3 years ago. She has already given birth to another man’s child and I would like to file without the use of a lawyer due to my financial situation. Any advice would be greatly appreciated thanks

Asked on May 29, 2012 under Family Law, California

Answers:

Michael Gainer / Michael J. Gainer, Attorney At Law

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You can always pursue and finalize a divorce without a lawyer, but you want to make sure you do it right.  Attorneys help people do this.  I'd be especially concerned about making sure you are not responsible for the child if it is not yours.

In Washington State, we use a lot of court-approved forms that set out the required language, but filling them out involving someone's specific facts takes experience and an understanding of what is allowed.  We also have family law court facilitators hired by our counties who help people fill out the forms. 

You may want to contact the county court where you reside and see if they have any free or low-cost assistance.  Be careful of internet help that is not from the county or state.  Also, remember that you get what you pay for.  You want it done right.  I'd recommend investing an hour or so with an attorney.  Some even provide an intial free consultation.  


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