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.