Because he can afford a lawyer and I can't and I'm just going with the truth and how it ended and an anodyne 10 year marriage that I endured and my children also and the fact that we went to mediation in April this year and I decide to try again but all he did was hurt me again and did it in front of the kids, so do I have a chance to represent myself or a lawyer is safer, especially he has always try to hurt me and dealt with it and protected him in the process but not anymore, me and my kids deserve better and they deserve a man in their life who will show them love of a father not just say it and don't do it or do it when they feel like it.
You are always at a disadvantage in a legal matter to represent yourself against a trained opponent who has been through these things many times. You do not know the legal part and you do not know the procedural part. There are parts of you case you will think are important and a judge will not.
There is an old saying "He who represents himself has a fool for a client" and that is generally true. Hire a lawyer.
You at least need to talk with a lawyer. Don't know what you have to work out
This response is only a basic answer to your question and is not intended to be legal advise. It is your job to hire an attorney and to discuss the specifics of this question with him or her. I am not giving you specific legal advise and there is no attorney-client relationship created by my answer to your question. The choice of an attorney is an important decision that you must make and that choice should not be made upon adverting alone.
My advice to anyone who is a party in a divorce case is that they should hire an attorney to represent them. I think it is even more important to hire an attorney when the opposing party is being represented by an attorney. Therefore, it is best that you try and get the money together to hire someone as soon as possible.
We will always suggest a person is going to be better off for having an attorney represent them. It sounds like physical abuse may be involved in your situation. If true, then you definitely need a lawyer.
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The answer to that question is not just "no", but "heck no"! That's a little bit like saying, I have severed an artery, is it wise to seek medical help or should I just tie a tourniquet and deal with it myself?.
While none of us know the specifics of your situation, it is obvious from your question, that your husband does not have your best interests at heart nor those of your children, and his attorney is paid to represent HIS interests. Even with all of the facts in your favor, there is a good chance you could lose in court, because his attorney will know the proper procedures and how to present evidence in court in a form that the court is allowed to hear. If your Husband's income is a drastically higher than yours, in all likelihood, the court will order him to pay all or part of your attorney fees. You would still have to come up with money up front but he would then have to reimburse you. Borrow from family or friends, sell your separate property, get a credit card, find a lawyer who will take a payment plan....do something to make sure you and your children are protected!
Get a lawyer. Assuming that the "truth" will come out is a dangerous gamble. I've gone against pro se clients to often to count and it usually is a massacre, regardless of the personal convictions of the person representing themselves. You need a professional to present your case to the court.
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