The short answer is, yes. But why on Earth would you want to?
Under the “self-help” information given on the Colorado Judicial Branch website, there are well over 50 pdf forms that may be applicable to your case. They include things like:
- How to file a subpoena
- How to file dozens of different motions or stipulations
- Suggestions on how to conduct financial discovery
- Rules about interrogatories and depositions.
- How to serve papers
- And dozens of other things most people don’t know how to do.
The Colorado Judicial Branch website says this regarding handling your own divorce:
“These standard instructions are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice about your case. If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules and procedures as an attorney.”
That’s a tall order if you are not an attorney. Self-representation is a serious matter, and going it alone is not going to be easy. And messing it up could cost you dearly.
The good news is that as Colorado divorce attorneys, it is both our job and responsibility to help you handle your Colorado divorce. We’ve done this before, many times. We aren’t intimidated by forms, legalese, judges or court documents. In fact, we don’t need to follow boilerplate forms provided by the court. We know how to fine-tune our court documents to fit your unique case and make your circumstances known to the judge or magistrate in the most clear way possible. That’s why we go to law school and take the bar exam: to learn how to handle whatever a client’s case may throw our way.
Filing for your divorce on your own also has some serious risks.
Child custody –Your divorce proceedings will decide how your children’s daily care and place of residence will be determined. Decisions on parental decision making and overnight parenting time are too important to leave up to chance.
Emotional fatigue –When going through a life-changing event like a divorce, chances are you are not at your best mentally or emotionally. And with good reason; the decision to end a marriage is a big deal.
Here’s a question: If you had a friend who was dealing with one of the most difficult circumstances of their life, would you suggest that they take on a part-time job doing stressful work that they are not equipped to handle? Of course not. No friend worth their weight would
give you that advice. They would tell you to lean on others in order to care for yourself and lighten the load. Your lawyers do that by taking care of your legal matters during your Colorado divorce.
Losing Out On Money or Property You’re Entitled To Receive –Your Colorado Divorce Attorney will as you all of the right questions about your finances and property to ensure that all of your bases are covered. Using a lawyer who understands Colorado family law is the key to getting all that you deserve in your divorce. It is also the key to avoiding overpayment or being taken advantage of in your settlement as well.
Don’t try to go it alone. We are here to help. Don’t wait- –contact us today to let us begin to take some of the weight off of your shoulders.