Particularly in family law issues, it is not uncommon for one or both parties to proceed without an attorney, usually because of financial constraints or misconceptions about what attorneys do. This is referred to in the legal system as proceeding "pro se" (pronounced pro-say). Nowadays, there are many resources available to those who wish to represent themselves. For example, the Maryland Court system offers legal advice and/or help with legal forms in the courthouse. The Women's Law Center of Maryland also offers a hotline which can direct you to legal aid programs and other help in your county. Finally, the internet can be a source of legal information, you can access the Maryland Code and Rules, child support calculator, and more. You may also want to see this guide to the Maryland Courts, prepared by Trevor Rosen of the Maryland Law Blog. While I believe that everyone should have access to resources to represent yourself, I highly recommend at least consulting with an attorney before you begin. He or she can help you to assess how complicated your case may be, and what your rights are. The judge will still expect you to be aware of the court's rules and procedures, including the rules of evidence and necessary filings and notices to the other party, and what you don't know CAN hurt you.