Anyone can represent themselves when negotiating or handling a divorce or dissolution. However, Abraham Lincoln had an old saying: "a man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client." What Lincoln may have meant is that an attorney needs to be focused on the law and the facts and advocate for a client. He or she should not let emotions or personal interest affect the legal advice provided. A divorce is one of the most emotional types of legal proceedings requiring a sage steady hand to guide you.
Further, the termination of a marriage is more complex than it used to be. Modern divorces deal with complex tax issues, retirement issues, bankruptcy issues, credit issues, business divisions and other subject areas that a lay person would likely need help in interpreting. An experienced divorce attorney will have the know how and the resources to handle these complexities.