You are not required to have to a lawyer to file or respond to a custody case. However, custody cases can be complicated. Whether you decide to hire an attorney, you should discuss your situation with a lawyer before you proceed with your case to discuss your options.
You should definitely talk to a lawyer if:
You fear for your safety or that of children.
Your case is contested.
The other side has hired a lawyer.
Your child has a disability.
You are unsure of the identity of the child’s father.