FLYING SOLO: HELP FOR THE SELF-REPRESENTED LITIGANT


One of the biggest problems with the family law system is that it is often prohibitively expensive, making it inaccessible for many individuals throughout the world. Lack of access to justice can mean that parties seeking a divorce may not receive their full entitlements under the law. Effectively, we’ve created a system of law that caters only to those who are privileged enough to be able to afford it, and that simply isn’t right.

If you can’t afford to retain a lawyer, you may choose to represent yourself. This can be an overwhelming and confusing process, especially if you have a lot of issues to sort out, such as child custody, support payments, property, and assets. Self-representation may mean you deal directly with your spouse, or you may have to deal with your spouse’s lawyer. Neither option is particularly attractive, in most cases.

Most individuals who choose to self-represent do so because of the cost of retaining a lawyer. Many have applied and been rejected from Legal Aid, and enter the process with the notion that they will have to accept less than they are entitled to simply because they are self-represented.  While this is not always the case, it is undoubtedly preferable to have a professional, well versed in family law and the rules of court, at your side when you enter a courtroom. Unfortunately, due to Legal Aid’s stringent qualification guidelines, many lower-income individuals fall through the cracks.

At MyOntarioDivorce.com and Berman Barristers, we believe that everyone deserves access to affordable legal services. In addition to the wealth of resources and free software available on our websites, we offer document review/revise, coaching, court document preparation, and a variety of other innovative legal solutions on a flat-fee basis. This means you choose what you need and what you can afford, and you will know exactly what your services will cost up-front.

Obtaining legal assistance doesn’t have to cripple you financially. We’re ready to help. Contact us to set up a free consultation with one of our family lawyers, and to obtain more information about our flat-fee services.

For more information on separation, divorce, and other family law matters, please visit MyOntarioDivorce.com.

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