Unrepresented parties are expected to know law and procedures: having no attorney is no excuse

Unrepresented (pro se) litigants are held to the same standard as reasonably compentent attorneys.   http://www.3dca.flcourts.org/Opinions/3D12-2871.pdf.  This means that if you are unrepresented, do not expect to catch a break from the court if you fail to know the rules, forget to file someting in a timely manner, etc.  This is why it is SO IMPORTANT to hire an attorney.  The services a family law attorney provides are worth the cost necessary.  Failing to hire an attorney could negatively impact a custody or child support decision that will affect you the rest of your life...and your childrens' lives.  Be smart!

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*Thank you to attorney and family law mediator Michael Mattson (mattsonmediator@aol.com) for this case citation