It is your right to change attorneys if you feel that they do not understand or represent you case.
BUT..Keep in mind that attorneys are reluctant to take a case if you change attorneys very often.
The bottom line...you can hire any attorney you really want ......You need more aggressive representation.
The here and now and just cut the c.... type.
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Call the lawyer of the other party and ask for continuance
if he refuses then go to the court DO NOT MISS COURT DATE
Ask the judge for continuance in order to hire a probono or discounted legal representation