No. The judge will typically advise a pro se (i.e., someone representing themselves in their own divorce action) litigant that they shall be expected to follow the Rules of Court in New Jersey just like as if they were a seasoned attorney. Furthermore, the lawyers at our law firm here in East Brunswick, New Jersey, appreciate that while a New Jersey Family Court may be more likely to been understanding of the fact that you are not a lawyer, the Court is not required to be more tolerant or more kind to you just because you are not an attorney. Finally, since 1996 I have been meeting with new clients who handled their own divorce and then come to our firm for a consultation only to find how extremely difficult it is to change a divorce agreement after the fact. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In other words and for purposes of this blog, it is easier (and less expensive) to do it correctly the first time than paying a lawyer after the fact to attempt to fix problems with your divorce agreement, some of which you may not even aware of, yet.
All told, especially when it involves your children as well as your financial security, it is essential to have one of our attorneys from our law firm in order to ensure that your divorce concludes in a fair manner.