You may do as well by yourself as with an attorney. It all depends upon which court commissioner you draw and how well you are able to speak for yourself. My advice is to retain an attorney because temporary orders can often become permanent ones. Temporary orders are very important. If your husband obtains full custody and placement, he may well ask you for child support.
That's a reasonable fear. You should see if you qualify for low or no cost legal representation - there may be a list of organizations providing same at your local courthouse - or check your church or social organizations.
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If you have a child and he is requesting sole legal custody, you really need to consult with an experienced family law attorney. There are plenty of low income attorneys such as Centro Legal and NoProfit Legal Services of Southeastern Wisconsin.
Without knowing more about your case, it is impossible for a lawyer to form an opinion about what to expect even at a temporary orders hearing. One thing is certain, though, you would be very foolish to attempt to litigate a case with so much at stake without legal representation. Do not simply assume that you cannot afford a lawyer. Make some calls. Also, if you have assets in your marital estate, a lawyer might be willing to wait until the assets are distributed in order to be paid.
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