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What should I expect in a final divorce hearing if I'm representing myself?

Decatur, GA |

My spouse has an attorney but I do not and he has not submitted all his documents to me (Ex. notice to produce)

And I can not afford an attorney unless someone out there is is generous and kind enough to take my case, I'm on my own.

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  1. Best answer

    If you submitted a notice to produce, then that means the documents are brought to the hearing, not sent beforehand.


  2. You can expect a very bad day in court. You need a lawyer. Being there where you have no lawyer and he does is like taking a water pistol to a gun battle where the other side has a machine gun. And you should be filing the appropriate discovery dispute notice under the Uniform Rules, and then if needed a motion for sanctions before trial.

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  3. You can expect to be very disappointed at the end of the day. From experience, there is nothing like a trial with an unrepresented party because you can run all over them. You really need assistance


  4. My colleague is exactly right. You are looking at having one of the worst days of your life. You should hire an attorney immediately!

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