Attorneys learn early on to pay attention to the multitude of rules that apply in every area of the law. Sometimes the sheer number of statutes that apply to any given area of the law can be overwhelming, especially to someone who is new to a certain area of practice. When attorneys remember what things were like when they started out, it can seem impossible for self-represented parties to figure out the same thing.
Courts aren’t just governed by statutes though. There are rules of court that apply statewide and local rules that are different in each major county. The local rules can be very helpful sometimes and provide step-by-step procedures for certain things. Other times they may provide guidelines that cover small details that statutes don’t.
If you are representing yourself in a case before a Family Court or any other Court, make sure you check out the local rules on the court web site before you file something so that you can make sure you comply. Judges are supposed to treat self-represented parties the same as those represented by an attorney and will expect you to follow the local rules and rules of court just like the statutes. The San Diego County Rules of Court can be found here. The site provides a link to the California Rules of Court.
One look at all the rules and statutes that apply to your case may be enough to make your head spin. At this point you may want to consider the value of your time and how confident you are that you will be able to navigate these rules on your own. Dealing with the emotional issues from your divorce is difficult enough without the stress of learning to understand the legal system.
Contact an attorney who can guide you through the process to make things easier for you. Attorney Paul D. McGuire at the Law Office of Paul D. McGuire can help you with this and other issues with your divorce. Call (858) 242-5667 today to schedule a free consultation.