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It’s Splitsville: Surviving Your Divorce by James J. Gross

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CHAPTER4

Can You Do It Yourself?

You are not required to have a lawyer for a divorce. Actually, most divorces are handled without a lawyer or with a lawyer for only one side. Pro se is Latin for “by yourself.” A pro se divorce is a do-it-yourself divorce. Can you do it yourself or do you need to hire a lawyer? That depends on a number of factors, like how complicated your divorce is and the resources you have available for legal fees. You first need to weigh the costs and benefits of using a lawyer.

Benefits of Using a Lawyer

By all means, hire a lawyer if you can afford one. There are many benefits to having a good lawyer on your side to guide and protect you:

  • You will know that things are done correctly in your case.
  • You can stop worrying ...

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