I am a non custodial parent of an 11 year old boy. I have 30% with joint legal custody. Last court order was modified in 2010 and as of 2014 the mother has violated multiple court orders to include not providing physical address, no telephone contact with the child at minimum maybe once every two weeks, refused a scheduled visit when given proper notice, enrolling him to another school w/o telling me until after he started and ignoring his doctors diagnosis of his weight gain. They share a room together. He currently is considered obese according to the doctors paperwork and has gained weight every visit to the doctors. Mother refuses to address the issue of his weight. Is there grounds for a custody change? I live in Nevada since 2008.
You can always represent yourself in court, but it goes better with an attorney. It's like working on your own car: if you have the mechanical skills, you can save some money, but you may also mess things up so badly it will cost more in the long run than hiring a professional in the first place.
If the case is in Nevada, you should re-post your question to get the attention on Nevada attorneys.
In California, many courts have a family law facilitator who helps people representing themselves, There may also be legal clinics in your area.
If you're looking for a good reference guide, check out publications by Nolo Press. They have some very good handbooks on many legal issues.
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Although you could represent yourself in court, it generally is preferable to have an attorney's representation. I understand that a lot of folks can't afford an attorney, but not all attorneys charge huge retainers. You can visit the court's self-help center if you can't afford an attorney. Since many people are financially challenged, it would be against public policy for the law/court to not allow a party to be forced to hire an attorney. For these reasons, you would be allowed to represent yourself. You should take action, especially when the other side is difficult.
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You can represent yourself, but you are dealing with two of the most technical issues in family law. As far as bringing a contempt action successfully, you have to cross every t and dot every i. There is the famous Lincoln quotation: "A lawyer who represents himself, has a fool for a client".
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