Yes, you may hire an attorney after filing paperwork with the court. If you can't obtain a fully retained attorney, consider hiring an attorney on a limited scope basis. People hire family lawyers at various stages of their case. This is done a lot more especially if the clients do not have a lot of money and assets, etc.
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You can hire a lawyer at any stage of the proceedings. It sounds like you have prepared the initial paperwork, but have not filed. If that is the case, the lawyer should review the paperwork to make sure that it is proper.
Certainly. You can hire an attorney or dismiss an attorney at any time before or during your litigation. I would recommend however, that you let that attorney review your paperwork before it is filed ... just in case.
As previously noted, you can retain counsel at any time. I cannot tell by the information provided, whether you already filed your petition or response. However, any good, qualified domestic law, AVVO counsel will likely look carefully at all paper/documents filed to make sure all is done properly, completely and with your interest in mind and if necessary, will amend, whether already filed or pending filing. Most AVVO qualified attorneys will provide an initial consultation, without charge. My recommendation, whether you retain or not, is to contact an attorney and set up an appointment to meet and review and discuss all documents and facts as early as possible.
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