I am pro se during my divorce due to the fact that the attorney I had hired just did not stand up for me at all, was disorganized and did not disclose any actual facts to the judge. I feel his decisions are skewed since he is virtually unaware of my side of the story.
Unfortunately, the judge in your divorce isn't going to review the entire case for you. The judge isn't your advocate. You or your attorney are responsible for getting the relevant facts most favorable to you before the judge so they can be considered. If you don't know how to do this then it would be in your best interests to hire another attorney. If you feel that the judge has made a decision that is unfavorable to you based upon insufficient information or errors in law or fact, then you may have a chance to appeal the judge's ruling or renew or reargue your motion.
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What it appears you are really asking for is a trial. Going to trial without an attorney is not a good idea. If you do not like your previous attorney you might want to speak to another attorney. But going without one is unadvisable.
The above is a general answer and is not considered legal advice. You should contact an attorney before proceeding to take any legal action, signing any papers or upon service of a summons.
Review it how? What do you want the Judge to do?
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been handling criminal defense and personal injury cases for over 18 years. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
Is your spouse represented by counsel? If so, you should not proceed on your own because doing so is risky and difficult. You should consult with another divorce attorney and discuss the problems you had with your prior attorney. Both you and the new attorney need to be on the same page, and you need to be comfortable with his or her style by openly discussing your expectations. Good luck! Michael
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