Can I represent myself in Family Law?
Absolutely. You are entitled to represent yourself in all matters in Family Law.
Will I be at a disadvantage if I represent myself?
Not necessarily. The reality is that not everyone can afford a Family Lawyer. For those who are also unable to secure a lawyer through Legal Aid, the only option sometimes is to self-represent.
As a result, there are now a number of resources and initiatives which have been developed and are readily available to assist those who are in the position of representing themselves.
Similarly, for those who find themselves in the Federal Circuit Court or Family Court (or Family Court of Western Australia), the courts are not unfamiliar with the challenges of being self-represented and so are able to provide some direction and guidance as may be necessary.