A Pro Se litigant is someone who goes through the divorce process without an attorney. Usually, people choose this route because (1) they can't afford an attorney, (2) they're getting an uncontested divorce so an attorney isn't necessary, or (3) they had a divorce attorney, but were dissatisfied and felt they could do a better job on their own. In California, the process begins with the filing of an original Summons and divorce Petition with your local court clerk. If you're unsure about what a petition for divorce in California includes, this is explained thoroughly in the eBook available at NoloDivorce.com. After you file the Summons and the Petition, you will need to provide the court with proof of service, to confirm that your soon-to-be ex has been served with your divorce papers. Your spouse will then have 30 days to respond, unless you agree to something different in writing. He or she can choose whether to hire an attorney or not, and can agree or disagree with any assertions you made in the Petition. When handling your own divorce, you will reap many benefits, but you will also need to study and understand the process and how to work through it. This is where self-help divorce books and software can be of great value. For more information about divorce books, click here.