Asked 5 months ago - Riverside, CAFlag
I started Pro-per and was granted emergency hearing and Respondent DID A NO SHOW judge granted me temporary sole custody till mediation jan31st this month then final hearing feb 14. I Know respondent Lawyered up so should I do the same?
Yes. If Respondent is represented, you would be out-lawyered unless you retain an experienced Family Law Attorney to advise and represent you. Ask friends and relatives for referrals to Family Law Attorneys they had good experiences with. Contact local AVVO Family Law contributors. Go on the State Bar Specialization website to search for Riverside county Certified Family Law Specialists. Interview a few lawyers before choosing the one in whom you have the most confidence.
It is always a good idea to be represented by a competent local family law attorney in a custody hearing, especially if the other party has legal counsel. Unfortunately, many judges look first to the attorney to explain things and so, if you do not have an attorney, you might be at a disadvantage. Good luck!
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