Self Representation in Divorce & Family Law Matters
Salcido Law Firm | Utah Divorce Lawyers
In Utah, there are many individuals who choose to represent themselves in their divorce. Utah is unique in that, compared to other states, the number of pro se litigants in the courts is very high. Anyone considering filing for divorce on their own behalf should consider the following: First, many people who file for divorce without an attorney later realize the legal process is extremely difficult to navigate on their own and they become lost in the system. Second, other individuals file for, or respond to, a divorce without representation only to later realize they made mistakes and are now suffering serious consequences. Third, pro se litigants often do not understand all the issues involved in a divorce and later have to seek modification of their divorce decree when an unexpected issues arises. All of these are typical reasons why individuals should at least meet with an attorney and obtain competent legal advice before choosing whether or not to hire representation for their family law dispute. It has been said that an individual representing themselves has a fool for a client. Before you make the decision to represent yourself in something as important as your divorce, speak with one of our Utah Divorce Lawyers today and become fully advised of your decision.
Utah Divorce Online
The Utah courts allow some individuals to file for divorce online. While the online Utah online divorce filing system (commonly known as OCAP) works for some individuals, many others do not meet the qualifications to file online. The online divorce system in Utah is set up for uncontested divorces. Uncontested divorce means that you and your spouse agree on everything and there are no further issues to resolve. Many people do not fit this category because they have not resolved all the issues in their divorce. Even if you and your spouse agree on everything, it is still important to at least speak with a Utah Divorce Attorney before you file online. This can often prevent issues and ensure your divorce is filed correctly. Many individuals turn to the online divorce system because it may seem faster than using a law firm to draft and file your divorce paperwork. This is not the case, at Salcido Law Firm, our team of divorce lawyers can often have your divorce filed the next day.
Modifying Your Divorce Decree
It is very common for clients to come to our office who filed their divorce using the online court assistance program who now need to modify their divorce decree because of some issue they did not realize could cause problems later down the road. By hiring an attorney, you can actually save time and money in the long run be having an experienced advocate who can ensure your divorce is done correctly the first time around. If you are later forced to modify your divorce decree, you will often spend more time and money than you would have if you would have had an attorney represent you from the beginning. Even if your divorce is uncontested and you both agree on everything, a competent Utah Divorce Modification Lawyer can save you time and headache and help you avoid potential problems and pitfalls.
Free Consultation – Call us Today
At Salcido Law Firm, we want to help you avoid mistakes and problems that often arise when clients represent themselves in these complex legal issues. Don’t take a chance on something as important as your divorce. We provide free consultations. Speak to one of our experienced Utah Divorce Attorneys today for free. A lawyer can be reached anytime 24/7 at 801.413.1753.