Self-representation in a divorce or other family legal matter is always an option. However, is it a wise choice? That depends on each person’s time, financial resources, and ability/willingness to research the complicated and sometimes illogical web of family court laws and rules. There are some reputable websites out there such as http://www.wicourts.gov/services/public/prose.htm that can help you start the filing process but they cannot guarantee that things will not get over looked. Decisions regarding child custody and placement, child support, spousal support, division of property, and restraining orders are some of the most important issues affecting a person’s (and their child’s) life. In all but the simplest matters, it is better to obtain the advice of an expert in the field. The process need not be expensive, but the counsel provided by a knowledgeable family lawyer results in greater understanding, peace of mind, and a clearer result. Consider this analogy: if you experience an electrical short-out in your home, do you feel comfortable rearranging the various wires to identify and fix the problem? Or do you call an electrician? If you suffer a broken bone, do you set it yourself, or see the doctor? In certain circumstances, it makes sense to have a serious matter handled by a knowledgeable Wisconsin Divorce Attorney. Your family matter is no different. Whether you are reside in Madison, Baraboo, Dane County or Sauk County or any other city or county within Wisconsin, I encourage you to contact me to discuss your issue, large or small, and determine whether self-representation in your divorce is the best option for you.
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