I'm representing myself at a divorce trial that I am taking back in to set aside a default judgement on. I need to know what is considered a reasonable amount of time to present my case.
Well that answer depends upon how many witnesses you expect to call at trial. Are there a lot of documents and/or other evidence that needs to be presented, etc. Some cases can be tried in a couple of hours others need several days to over a week or more.
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Good luck. Setting aside a default judgment is no easy task. Sounds like you are getting a bit ahead of yourself as you need to set aside default before worrying about a trial on the merits of your case. Doing this alone is big mistake - you already lost; why on earth would you try yourself to fix what was already screwed up? Hire a lawyer. It does not need to cot a lot of money.
How many witnesses do you anticipate calling? How many pieces of evidence are you admitting? Is the other side represented?
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Duh? Some more facts would be nice.. How late were in filing your answer/response to the divorce Petition? Why were you late? Good luck with proceeding pro se. Your probably going need more than luck, especially if the other side has legal counsel. Pick up the phone and call an experienced family law attorney.
What all the lawyers are trying to tell you is you are in WAY over your head. Ask yourself this before proceeding: Do you know what "hearsay" is? How about the terms "relevance," or "admitted into evidence." How about the hundred or so rules of procedure, to say nothing of Florida statutory and case law. How much time you need is probably the least of your worries, like worrying about the deck chairs on the Titanic sliding off into the ocean as she sinks below the surface with you on it. One of the lawyers wished you luck. Personally, I don't think luck is going to help you.
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