Can I represent myself in child custody matters of my own children and win?
What you really mean is, “Can I represent myself in child custody matters of my own children and win and save money over hiring an attorney to represent me?” Yes, you can.* Do the odds favor the self-represented party? No.
*There is no law that requires you to hire a lawyer in a divorce action, no law that prevents you from representing yourself in a divorce action, but that doesn’t mean that self-represented parties (also referred to as “pro se” or “pro per” parties) are on an equal footing in court with parties who are represented by lawyers. The question is not whether to hire an attorney, it’s whether you think you can and should prevail without an attorney. I’ll be the first to concede that sometimes the only difference between an argument being a winning argument is not the merits of the argument itself, but whether an attorney made it. That’s not right, but that’s reality in our legal system today.
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