representing yourself (pro se)

Pro se (pro-say) means to argue on one’s own behalf in a court or other legal proceeding—also referred to as representing yourself in court or self-representation. A person can appear pro se in a civil or criminal case, but only a licensed lawyer can appear in court on behalf of a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or other legal entity.

Parties often represent themselves (without a lawyer) in divorce proceedings and in actions seeking to modify child custody, child support, and spousal support. Because of the sometimes complex and procedure-oriented nature of these legal proceedings, persons considering representing themselves should consider hiring a lawyer on a limited-representation basis if possible to avoid losing important personal and property rights.

State Statutes for the State of Texas

Federal Statutes