when ur trying to get custody of your baby, u have no money for a lawyer, can't you go to court and represnt yourself? if so where can u find help and you know nothing bout the law?!?

Lachelle - posted on 03/27/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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when ur trying to get custody of your baby, u have no money for a lawyer, can't you go to court and represnt yourself? if so where can u find help and you know nothing bout the law?!? I broke up with my bf because he was abusive to me and the baby and verbal abusive to me. im with my parents now, we discussed what days we want but he wants thing his way and wants me to sign the notery papers that his sister typed out. so now he's keeping my baby away from me. he also wont let me see him or know where he's at while bf is at work.... PLEASE HELP!!!!!

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Guest - posted on 03/27/2014

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Go to family courts and ask for a pro bono lawyer. In order to keep their license, lawyers in the US have to complete a certain number of hours pro bono--which means working cases for which they receive no compensation.

You CAN represent yourself--you can look online to see what papers you need to file--however there are still fees involved and it is really not recommended. Normally, when a person chooses to represent him/herself, it is because they have something to hide that they don't even trust a lawyer with. Also, without a strong understanding of the law, you risk wasting a lot of time submitting admissible evidence, which will just annoy the judge and work against you. You also run a pretty big risk of making mistakes in the filing process which can postpone your case, damage your credibility, or get some of your evidence dismissed.

That said, if you cannot even afford a lawyer for family court (which really isn't all that expensive), how do you expect to support your child once you gain custody? You need to really step back and look at what you are able to do for your child and who might be able to help you in the long term. There will always be expenses in raising a child, and court costs are going to be one of the smaller expenses you will encounter during your baby's childhood.

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