Many prospective customers come into my office in a fantastic panic because of an upcoming court case. The bottom line is that they are in a pressing legal requirement, but they don't have any money to afford an attorney.
The wife or husband has hired a lawyer and decided to take them to court over some family law issue. Whether the wife now wants full custody of their kids or the husband would like to modify spousal support or child support that he's presently paying.
These scenarios put many individuals rightly so in a panicked state since they are left with the pressing issue of whether to secure legal representation or try a go at it alone.
As many self-represented individuals are acutely aware, the legal system, especially in Santa Clara County, isn't a friendly place for self-represented people. There are lots of technical challenges from submitting paperwork properly to navigating the correct civil process.
If there are even the tiniest of errors a court paper may be rejected or a worse yet a case might be rejected entirely because of what are apparently tiny errors.
There's a new book from Nolo press that can provide excellent information to put people about the best way best to run their own divorce. It's a fantastic launching pad for starting your own divorce. The next step is to visit the local law library, like the Santa Clara County law library and begin delving into the true legal books.
Since a self-represented person is acting as their own attorney they're held to those exacting standards. The issue with books from the Nolo press is that they're not specific to counties. They're made the only state specific.