Sage Legal Services ("Sage") operates with the idea that not only those with adequate funds or assets should have legal support when dealing with family legal issues.
Over 80% of San Diegans involved in the family court system do not have legal representation. This puts those unrepresented at a disadvantage, whether the other party in the case has an attorney or not.
First, the legal system can be difficult to traverse, with its numerous rules and procedures. For example, did you know that you must attend mediation if your case involves a child and you and the other party do not have an agreement? How about that you must file and serve documents in specific timeframes and using particular methods?
Second, family legal issues are emotionally and physically draining on those dealing with them. Dealing with family issues can have you thinking and acting with emotions, rather than with the facts. For example, if your case involves domestic violence, such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, it can be difficult to stand up to the abuser.
Third, you may feel that you "have to" agree with the other party because of one reason or another.
These are only some of the many reasons that legal representation is often a good idea when dealing with family legal issues.