How to Represent Yourself

The Nuts and Bolts

Even though this entire endeavor that is LawYou America is focused completely on helping you to represent yourself in court, we created this category to make it easier to find those posts that zero in on the nuts-and-bolts. These posts lay out such info as pointers for how to get through a hearing, what the rules are and where to find them, conducting legal research, differences between motions and pleadings, etc., etc., ad infinitum.

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Ask an Attorney: Should I Convince the Judge my Ex is a Narcissist?


Question I just listened to your interview posted from the WNAAD event. Thank you. It seems you suggest that litigants shouldn’t draw attention to the cluster b disorder, but bring up behavior facts. I understand that now, and although I have never called him any names or referred to him…

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Interview for WNAAD

World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day Logo

  World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day I recently was privileged to participate in World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day by discussing litigating in family court against former spouses or romantic partners who are narcissistic abusers. The interview is titled, Legal Battles with Cluster B Individuals in Family Court: What to Expect, When…

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Review of “The Judge”

Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr. star in this 2014 drama that is just as much about the dynamics that play out in the living room as it is about the courtroom. The two Roberts play father and son, judge and follow-in-dad’s-footsteps-lawyer, respectively. I enjoyed it enough to watch it…

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From Terror to Triumph: How Jenna Overcame Her Anxiety and Won in Family Court

Jenna* had been embroiled in litigation with her ex-husband for years. Every so often he would bring some trivial matter to the court, painting Jenna as a bad parent, and always keeping her on edge. This time, Jenna’s ex had filed a motion, complaining that Jenna was making decisions about…

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Florida DV Victim Goes to Jail

Update (Sept. 1, 2016): The judge described in this post was charged with violations of Florida’s judicial conduct rules and reprimanded by Justices of the Florida Supreme Court. Read the story in the Orlando Sentinel. Original post (Oct. 7, 2015): A Florida judge found a domestic violence victim and single…

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