Judges and laws avoid the necessity of a lawyer

Just yesterday, I was in court listening in to a hearing being conducted about child support and visitation issues.  Mom was represented by a lawyer, who I know very well.  Dad did not have an attorney.  His arguments were clean and neat; he didn’t show too much anger or resentment in his presentation (which was good).  Mom’s lawyer appears snide, and almost arrogant.   The Judge did something remarkable:  he essentially ruled in a manner that attempted to address both of the parents’ concerns.  The result was great, and I thought, good for him, he didn’t use a lawyer and spend thousands of dollars for that hearing.  It appeared the dad was well read on the issue and topic, though I thought his understanding of evidence could have been better.  Rule of thought:  you can go up against a lawyer and do just fine at a hearing.

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