Hiring a Family Law Attorney vs. Representing Yourself in a Court of Law

March 29, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

For a variety of reasons, many people choose to represent themselves when dealing with divorce, custody, child support or other family law matters. Making the decision to choose an attorney to represent you,  verses representing yourself,  may be one of the most important decisions you will ever make regarding your children's future and your financial security. We often meet clients who have attempted to represent themselves, but found they became overwhelmed and/or made significant errors, and are now trying to "undo" what happened in their case. Colorado law states that parties who are representing themselves are held to the same standard of knowledge as attorneys licensed to practice law. Therefore, a mistake or lack of knowledge of the law may have far-reaching consequences. Before you choose to represent yourself, we have identified some of the most common mistakes people make in family law cases:

  • Not understanding what you have signed
  • Failure to properly request what you want included in the court documents
  • Failure to prepare for a custody evaluation
  • Missing filing deadlines
  • Failure to properly serve documents
  • Failure to conduct a business evaluation
  • Failure to properly value marital assets 
  •  Failure to request life insurance to guarantee the payment of support
  •  Failure to protect property owned prior to the marriage
  •  Failure to create specific parenting plans



To speak with an attorney about your Colorado family law matter, call The Harris Law Firm in Denver or Fort Collins today -call 303 515 5000


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