Cases Without Counsel
Courts have responded to the increasing numbers of self-represented litigants in family cases in a number of ways, and, for the most part, these efforts have been informed largely by perspectives of judges, attorneys, and court staff. All too often, litigants are left out of conversations on improving the legal process.
Our study, Cases Without Counsel: Experiences of Self-Representation in U.S. Family Court, asked self-represented litigants in family court about their experience with the legal process. Our goal is to contribute to the conversation on how family court processes can adequately and appropriately meet the needs of all litigants. This study builds on qualitative empirical research undertaken in Canada.