I am the defendant for a shared parenting and child support modification case. Up to now, I have been pro se, filing responses and motions. My ex an I have negotiated a new parenting schedule in mediation, but as usual, it comes down to money. We recently had pre-trial, and the hearing is about a month away. I am concerned that the guideline support will be more than I can reasonably afford, and believe an attorney would be better suited to argue points for deviation. Can I bring in an attorney to represent me now and how do I go about filing to make that official?
You always have the right to hire an attorney at any point in any case. However, please understand that your attorney would need time to catch up to speed. I encourage you to contact an attorney sooner rather than later. In order to hire an attorney, there are multiple resources available to do so, such as Avvo.com, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Columbus Bar Association. After you hire an attorney, the lawyer will go about the business of filing the required paperwork with the court and with you.
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You are free to hire an attorney to represent you at any stage in the proceedings. However, as mentioned above, any attorney will likely need time to familiarize themselves with all the facts and issues of the case.
It is probably best to secure representation as soon as possible.
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