If there are allegations of abuse against you and you are indigent, the court will appoint a lawyer to represent you. The court should also appoint a lawyer for the child, called a guardian ad litem, who represents the child's best interest.
If you are in juvenile court, the Judge will likely appoint counsel if you are indigent. If not, there are attorneys who will work out a payment plan with you. Call the local legal aid office and obtain the name of some of the attorneys who they know will work with clients on payments. Or, you can call my office and upon determining more facts, determine if I can help or make a referral for you.
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