Yes, you are a disadvantage under the facts you describe. The trial will be even more challenging.
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My colleague is correct. You should have an experienced Divorce Lawyer representing you.
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Yes you will be at a disadvantage. I would suggest you obtain a copy of the New Jersey Rules of Court and follow the procedures outlined therein. Using a format on line may not comport with the rules of court. Good luck
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I agree that you are at a disadvantage in not being represented. Since you are going to trial, that would mean that for whatever reason you could not settle your case. Once you complete the trial and have a judgment, while there is the right to appeal, that is even more expensive so you are basically stuck with that judgment. You did not say what your issues are, but I am sure they are significant otherwise you would have settled the case. My suggestion is that you retain a lawyer to do the trial. While it may be hard to come in at that late date, depending upon when your trial date is and who your judge is, the lawyer may be able to get more time. Even if the Judge will not adjourn the trial, you are still better off having a lawyer do the trial, especially if your ex has a lawyer. Family friend or not, that party will have a distinct advantage.
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