It won't usually be faster, but it will cost less. Thing is you'll have to put a lot of time in at the local law library leaning the ins and outs of court. If you represent yourself you are held to the same standard as a lawyer, and subject to all the same rules. On the family law forum I frequent they don't suggest going pro bono until you've gone a few rounds with a lawyer so you have an understanding of the process.
If you and the ex agree on everything there's no need of a lawyer, but if there's going to be a 'fight' you're better off with one.
Sorry I can't help with recommendations.
at 12:36 AM on Jan. 5, 2009