after the divorce, the judge left the door open for a evidentiary hearing. i need to know how to get prepared or what would help if both parties are appearing pro se. im requesting the hearing, due to recent information gathered against the other party. what is admissible? is anything useable from this persons past, or any prior harm to the children involved or actions? if a guardian ad litem has made a report, i was told by a lawyer to request him as a witness. do i need to make a witness list? who asks the people i would bring in to be on the stand questions? do i need to subpoena people? how do you subpoena someone if you are not a lawyer?
It sounds like you've got a lot of legal questions right now and probably a lot more on the horizon. I strongly recommend enlisting a lawyer. If you can't afford one, check out your local legal aid agency.
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The best course of action you can take would be to hire an attorney to deal with all of the many questions you pose. You may go forward and represent yourself, though the court will generally hold you to the same standard as it would an attorney. Your many questions are really not able to be properly addressed in this fairly limited forum, and they also call for legal advice that is very specific to your case, which you are not likely to get without formally retaining an attorney. Especially with an issue like custody, I would advise that you hire an attorney, as you are dealing with a fairly complex and of course very serious subject mattter.
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You are asking a lot of technical questions - this is precisely why you need to hire an attorney since, obviously, you do not know how to proceed.
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