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Toby Kleinman and Daniel Pollack Toby Kleinman and Daniel Pollack

At some point in their careers, most family law attorneys have dealt with adversaries representing themselves in a family matter. Many of us will react skeptically, worrying about the potential for difficult or increased litigation as a result of dealing with someone who is not necessarily knowledgeable in law, evidence and procedures.

There seems to be an unwritten understanding that litigants are represented by attorneys. In actuality, litigants often decide to represent themselves. In choosing to do so, they face obstacles they may be unaware of as they try to move their cases forward. These obstacles may eventually limit their effectiveness. Some of the fundamental barriers include not knowing where to find reliable information, resources and advice; not having the ability or time to understand some of the more complex legal issues; and, being psychologically ill-prepared for courtroom combat when in the middle of a difficult and emotional family law matter.

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