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Legal Information: Delaware


March 26, 2024

Do I need a lawyer?

You don’t need a lawyer to file for divorce. However, divorces can become very complicated, especially if there are custody or property division and support issues involved. It may be in your best interest to hire a lawyer, especially if your spouse has one. The court may order your spouse, based on the financial resources of both parties, to pay all or part of your attorneys’ fees,1 so you may want to speak with your attorney about this.

If you can’t afford an attorney, you may be able to get free legal services. You may be able to find an attorney on our DE Finding a Lawyer page.If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you. You can also find some helpful forms on the Delaware State Courts website.

1 13 Del.C. § 1515