If you prepare and file your own divorce papers, you’re not necessarily stuck with this decision. Although not all attorneys are willing to do so, some will jump into a case mid-stream, after you’ve filed your own papers. If you end up in court on your own, most judges will expect you to understand the law and court procedures. If this occurs, and you still prefer to handle things yourself, try to attend other divorce and custody hearings so you know what to expect. Research your state’s laws, including case law. Case law is comprised of decisions judges have made in the past regarding situations such as yours, and it usually includes recitals of the judge’s reasoning.