You may want one if either of these is true:
- DCS cannot handle your case
- your county has no family law facilitator
* You do not have a right to a lawyer in divorce cases. You must pay for one.
If you cannot afford a lawyer, you can look for one to take your case on a contingent basis or who offers “limited legal services” (“unbundled legal services,” “pro se assistance”). A lawyer who takes your case on a contingent basis will only charge you if you win. The lawyer gets part of the award.
A lawyer takes a case on a contingent basis depending on:
- How much is at stake
- If you can find your ex
- If your ex-spouse can pay
Under a limited legal services arrangement, the lawyer:
- gives you legal advice
- looks over or helps with paperwork
The lawyer will not represent you.
The Legal Voice’s Working with a Lawyer has more about finding and working with a lawyer.