Any person can choose to represent themselves in their California family law matter. It is not required to hire an attorney. In fact, in many routine family law matters, hiring an attorney is simply not necessary.
California Family Law matters can be uncontested (meaning the parties involved agree with each other) or contested matters (the parties don’t agree.)
In uncontested proceedings, the parties involved are able to keep their case “out of court,” agreeing to a complete resolution of all the issues without a formal court hearing or trial through a written marital settlement agreement. Sometimes the parties are able to reach agreements from the outset, and sometimes negotiation between the parties is required. Even if a matter is considered “uncontested,” the final resolution of all matters must be approved by the court.
Some courts require a short uncontested hearing to be held, where the Court will review and approve any agreements made by the parties on the record after brief testimony of one or both parties, and some courts will approve the agreement without a hearing.
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As a non-attorney legal document preparation service, our office provides a variety of family law document preparation services at a very low cost. Some of our family law services include:
Terminating a marriage through divorce, annulment or legal separation
Preparing Marital Settlement Agreements
Establishing court orders about child custody, visitation, support or spousal support
Modifying court orders about child custody, visitation, support or spousal support
Preparing Responses to Petitions and/or various types of Motions in contested matters
Effecting the formal division of retirement plans through a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)
Obtaining move-away orders
Bifurcation of divorce proceedings (allows the marriage to be terminated prior to the settlement of the issues)
Preparing Stipulations and Orders by mutual agreement of the parties including modification of Judgments or previous court orders
We can prepare all necessary court documents in most routine proceedings covered by the family law courts in California. There is no need to hire an attorney. We make it easy for you to represent yourself. Select one of our packaged services or, for more information on a specific topic of interest, visit the California family law news section of our website.