When people decide to file for divorce, they have to choose between hiring an attorney or representing themselves. The latter is known as a pro se divorce. While some couples may be able to handle the dissolution of the marriage on their own, seeking a pro se divorce may not be practical or recommended for others.
If you want to learn more about pro se divorce in Florida, I am here to help. As a knowledgeable family law mediator with decades of experience, I can assist you in navigating the process of seeking a divorce without an attorney. BKG Mediation, LLC serves clients in and around St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, and throughout the state of Florida.
Seeking a pro se divorce means that you represent yourself in court and waive your right to an attorney. People pursue a pro se divorce for various reasons. Some choose to get divorced without the assistance of an attorney because they cannot afford one. Others file for a pro se divorce because the spouses agree on the terms of their divorce.
A pro se divorce may be an option when all of the following is true:
However, in most cases, filing for a pro se divorce is not recommended because seeking a divorce without legal representation carries significant risks.
In Florida, people seeking a pro se divorce can file their divorce papers online, meaning you do not have to go to court to initiate the pro se divorce process. Nonetheless, the pro se divorce process may still be difficult to navigate, especially for someone attempting to represent himself or herself. Unfortunately, pro se divorce filers often end up making mistakes, such as failing to submit the required documentation or failing to comply with various procedural requirements, which can jeopardize their case.
There are several risks associated with representing yourself during a divorce case. Some of the most common reasons a pro se divorce might not work are:
If you think that you cannot afford to hire a divorce attorney to represent you throughout the divorce proceedings, you might want to explore alternatives to a pro se divorce before filing a petition or divorce without legal counsel:
If you are considering a pro se divorce, I can help you navigate the process and explain your options. At BKG Mediation, LLC, I provide clients with the guidance and support they need in divorce cases and family law matters. Over the years, I have built a strong reputation with clients in St. Petersburg, Florida, Pinellas County, and throughout the Sunshine State for getting them the results they need. Discuss your particular case by calling my office today.