Today, law.com posted an article about pro se litigation, which is the lovely Latin term for people representing themselves in court. It can be frustrating for judges, who are used to attorneys familiar with court terms and procedures. Still, until the economy improves, I believe more and more people will be representing themselves due to a lack of funds. I have also seen many people take the their case pro se for a little while, then find that it is too difficult for them. Also, if the other party has an attorney, you will want to strongly consider getting one as well. The other attorney cannot give you legal advice, and may not be willing to deal with you directly to settle the case. Finally, be aware that the judge must hold you to the same standard as attorneys in his or her court: you must follow the rules of evidence, and you may need to issue subpoenas or cite legal authority for your position. Still, many people do represent themselves, particularly in uncontested divorces. There are resources available to help you represent yourself, for example, many of the county courthouses offer a drop in pro se clinic, there is a helpline for legal information, websites which list forms, and a helpline for filling out the forms. Also, refer to the many links on this blog for more legal information. Be aware that these site DO NOT give legal advice. While everyone has the right to represent themselves, you will still want to at least consult with attorney about your case.