There is no legal requirement that a party in a civil case has to hire an attorney. However, the court expects self-represented parties to know the law and procedures. Unless you want to learn what you will need to know, it may be cost-efficient to hire an attorney.
How your case will turn out depend on your specific facts and on the two parents. The more you two agree with each other, the less time-consuming and expensive your case will be.
Without knowing your relevant facts, no one can determine where you stand.
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