Legal terminology can be confusing. In order to understand the term ‘in pro per’ it is important to understand what ‘representation’ means as it applies to divorce.
The term ‘representation’ in a Divorce typically means ‘full representation‘ which is explained as follows:
- The Attorney will represent you in all areas of the Divorce and he/she will be the one initiating actions and responding to actions
- The Attorney will charge a retainer and hourly rate for your legal matter; the exact final fee is usually unknown
- The Attorney will communicate with the court and your spouse or spouse’s Attorney and will charge you for each interaction
- If you run out of money, the Attorney will probably sub out of the case or file a motion to withdraw
Alternatively, many people wish to handle their divorce without an attorney and this is called ‘in pro per’. The problem with ‘in pro per’ is that you are not an attorney and so do not know the law or the court system. This puts you at a great disadvantage. However, the problem with ‘full representation’ is that it costs too much–but you may have a better chance of winning and getting a better deal in court.