Q: Can I fire my attorney and represent myself in an ongoing CS modification order?
I agreed to pay $1800 in CS for 2 teenage children until the youngest reaches 18. A few months after the divorce was finalized my oldest came to live with me and I continued to pay full support and did NOT put in a change in custody. He has since graduated HS, has continued to live with me for 2 years, in college, and now 19.5 years old. I assumed that CS would just step down accordingly? I have since hired an attorney in order to try and stop paying for my son but the judge has issued a discovery order and then mediation. The only glimmer of hope is that he left language in for retroactive pay but in all honesty, I am NOT confident in my attorney or the cost justification I have already payed almost 7K I did NOT have in order to stop paying 'ex will not budge' and now my attorney is quoting me at best 11K to go the distance. Best I can figure, if I were just to continue paying there would only be a difference of $200. Can I fire my attorney, and just go at it myself? RAILROADED!!!
A: You can terminate your attorney's representation of you at any time, but as Ms. Rice has stated, you may end up doing more harm than good. Make sure you know the law and have your arguments prepared before you step out on your own.
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