Options for Representing Yourself in Court

Can’t afford to get divorced? Perhaps you have already called many attorney offices and discovered that you can’t afford to pay the retainer/advanced fee deposit that the law firm requires. What other options do you have? Just as we can’t always afford the biggest, nicest house, car, or dress sometimes we have to find other ways of getting the job done. What am I really talking about? Lawyers call it limited scope representation.

Limited scope representation means that you have a lawyer who has a very limited role in your case. Oftentimes it means you prepare the paperwork and you pay the lawyer only to review it. If there are changes that need to be made then you make the changes. You go to court by yourself and submit the agreement to the judge. You have the advantage of knowing the paperwork is right but you aren’t paying the costs associated with full service legal representation. It can also mean that the lawyer prepares the paperwork but you present it to the judge so that the lawyer doesn’t bill you to attend court. With the advent of many online forms including free online divorce, custody, and child support forms in Missouri limited scope representation may be something you need to consider for your family law matter if you can’t afford full service legal representation. Limited scope representation is not recommended for high conflict custody cases or cases involving lots of assets but limited scope representation is something those that have an agreement or a limited ability to pay attorney fees should consider. Getting some legal advice is always better than getting none at all. If this is something you are interested in be sure to check out our website which contains do-it-yourself divorce forms or call our office and schedule a consultation.



Amy Salladay is a family law attorney with her practice focused on divorce, child custody, child support, adoptions, guardianships, and other family law matters. She assists families and children get through what is often the most difficult time of their lives in the most least intrusive way.

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