According to the law, no one needs to hire a lawyer if they do not want to. Some people would rather handle their own case than pay for the services of a lawyer if they know what they are doing and their case is fairly straightforward. You will need to get the necessary forms from the county clerk, but you need to be aware that the court staff cannot give legal advice. It is very important that you take the time to learn about the law and the divorce process to that you can do it properly. You will also need to be prepared to take responsibility if things go wrong. It is also possible to obtain divorce paperwork over the internet.
You may also find it very difficult to stand back and look at the case objectively. It is hard to be dispassionate when you are arguing over your children or your money. Part of the reason people hire solicitors is to get objective advice. This is especially true if there has been adultery involved. While conducting your own divorce and the matter of your spouse’s adultery comes up, it may be tempting to name the other party involved, also known as the co-respondent. This is usually a mistake, although people often do not realize it until it is too late. This is another strong case for mediation.