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.