Pro Se Divorce

Re: Pro Se Divorce in Fairfax County, VA

Getting The Divorce Court Judge On Your Side During Pro Se Litigation

The courtroom can be a nerve-racking, anxiety-ridden place for anyone who has never dealt with the law before. A cold, desolate room with echoing noises, tense opposing parties and a judge in which everything lies upon. This situation can make even the most confident person crack under pressure, but no matter how intimidated you feel, it is important to get on your judge’s good side in order to have some parts of your case to your advantage.

Submit clean paperwork. Make sure you understand the formatting required in your state and county courts in order to impress the judge that you have done your research and did not sloppily put together your legal documents without care and respect for the court systems.

Stay on task. Don’t miss deadlines and court dates. This can cause a judge to become frustrated and harbor a negative feeling against you for abusing the court system’s time and energy.

Show a true, faithful effort. Show the judge that even though you are going about this Pro Se, that you’ve done your homework, researched the case and have the legal information to back up your claims and defenses.

Know your judge. I’m not talking about Googling your judge online, but I am talking about sitting in on a few cases that he is presiding over. This way, you can get a feel for what he likes, doesn’t like, tolerates or hates, and this can give you an edge over your ex-wife when you finally take your own case to court.

Remember that the judge is the one that has the final say about your case and what you are proposing happens during your time in court for your divorce. By getting on the judge’s good side, you will better your chances of being heard and recognized during the proceedings, and in the long run, that is a great benefit to have over your opposing party!

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9 Responses to “Pro Se Divorce”

  1. Storm says:

    Where can I find the cost for a pro se divorce?
    We live in Maryland and I have been able to find out that a divorce can be handled pro se, but I am still not sure of what the court costs can be and if a lawyer still needs to be obtained to handle the paperwork. There has been legal separation for over a year. Anyone who can answer these questions it would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Kimmie says:

    How much does a Pro Se Divorce cost in South Carolina?
    Have been unemployed for months, so I can’t afford an attorney. A full-time student, no kids. Both of us already agreed that whatever we brought in the apt, we could take back with us, this includes the car (which is my parents). He is in the Army, who is about to PCS to S. Korea in Feb. I will be moving out in a few weeks. Does anyone know how much a pro se divorce in SC cost? (Meaning court cost, getting the papers, etc.)

  3. Lee Anna says:

    in a divorce pro-se the judge recorded a false allegation in the memorandum of decision.?
    I appealed the ruling and learned the transcripts were altered by the court, some of which is provable.

    Question, the court reporter did not have a tape recording of the proceeding.
    Is there another way to prove that the transcript was altered?

    • Capt says:

      This isn’t making sense. If upon appeal there was “provable” evidence of altered transcripts you should have already won the case. Also it would be HIGHLY difficult to “alter” a court reporters transcripts. It is a seamless documentation of the procedings which would physically have to be cut apart and destroyed inorder to alter. NO insertions could possibly be made so what your saying isn’t making a lot of sense.

  4. Guerareal says:

    Can a pro-se divorce petitioner get a Default Judgment against the respondent in the State of Missouri?
    The respondent was served on 3/30/10, attorney entered on her behalf on 4/9/10. It’s now 5/11/10 and they have yet to submit the respondent’s response. One lawyer told me that a judge isn’t going to grant the default judgment if the other party has an attorney. Why not? Why put a time limit on them if the court isn’t going to make them follow it?

    • Patrick M says:

      Under Missouri law the respondent has thirty day to respond to the summon using an attorney doesn’t allow respondent any longer time to respond If said party has not responded to the court by th time limits set you may seek a default of judgement If you have filed your matte Pro-Se then follow up with you default of judgement . Why are you listening to a attorney that isn’t your attorney any how if you are a Pro- Se filer? Follow the statues and you should have no issues

  5. flippedon61 says:

    what paper work is needed to file for a pro se divorce in pennsylvania?
    Local courthouse said if i was acting pro se i would need to provide my own paperwork but would not tell me what paperwork i needed.

    • says:

      Before I go on, I would just like to say that it is definitely a challenge to represent yourself without legal counsel. Most states have many unique and complicated laws regarding court procedures. If you fail to follow those laws perfectly, you could ultimately find yourself on the losing side of your case. In addition to procedural issues, states’ complex divorce and family laws are difficult to understand and apply. You may suffer the misfortune of higher child support or an unequal distribution of property if you continue to handle this matter on your own. At the very least, be sure to have an attorney review the paperwork you file with the court as one slight error could be devastating later on. While the courts grant you the ability to represent yourself, you are expected to know the law and the rules of court like any other seasoned attorney.

      While I cannot specifically tell you what paperwork you will need for your state, I am assuming that the response you got was more in regards to either having an attorney or not having an attorney. They might have been saying that you are still required to file the appropriate (read as “same”) paperwork as would anyone else filing, attorney or not. If you go to your local courthouse, they should be able to provide you with the appropriate documents you need.

      You might want to take a moment to read up a bit on the law in Pennsylvania, and the rules of court. The link I have provided below is to a summary page on that summarizes the family law in relation to court for Pennsylvania. There are links to the actual statutes as well, and on those websites you should be able to find the rules of court.