In a word, no. Your divorce will be as smooth or as difficult as the two parties wish it to be.  (However, it takes two to be cooperative, but only one to be difficult.) Some people choose to handle their divorces on their own (“pro se”) because they feel attorneys will make the process harder. A good attorney will make the process easier, not harder. Other people don’t hire attorneys because they already “have it all worked out.” Unfortunately, many people attempting to handle their own divorces overlook important legal issues because they don’t know they exist – they are not attorneys after all. This may be the situation wherein a trained family law mediator would be a good solution. A mediator does not represent either party, but is a neutral person who guides the parties through the process. Attorney Sally Hoelzel is an experienced family law litigator as well as a trained mediator. Give us a call so we can determine the best way for you to avoid an “ugly divorce.” Contact the Pruitt Law Offices S.C. at 262-633-8301, through our website at, or visit us at 731 Main Street in Racine. We are your partners for professional service.