The first decision you will need to make when filing for divorce in Pasadena is how you plan to handle your legal representation. There are four options to consider: full attorney representation, limited attorney representation, mediation, and pro se divorce.
The most traditional route is full attorney representation. This means that your attorney will handle all of the paperwork and guide you through the process of ending your marriage. If you have a low income, you might qualify for free or reduced cost legal services. If you are a stay-at-home spouse, you might be able to get your ex to reimburse you for your legal fees.
Limited attorney representation means that you handle some parts of the divorce by yourself and have an attorney assist you with the parts that you can't manage on your own. This option is cheaper than full attorney representation, but requires more effort on your part. Also, not all attorneys will agree to this arrangement.
Mediation is a process that occurs when you and your ex use a trained, neutral third-party to work out the terms of the settlement. This is a good option for couples who are still on good terms and can communicate well with each other. If desired, you can hire a mediation-friendly lawyer to assist with the legal aspects of the process.
Pro se divorce means that you are acting as your own attorney. This option is not recommended for most cases. If you have children or joint assets to divide, investing in professional legal representation helps to make sure that your interests are protected throughout the process. The decisions made during your divorce will affect your life for many years to come, so it is important to make sure the case is handled properly.
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