I am the petitioner and I want to have a lawyer.
Yes, you can request a continuance to retain counsel. You should first reach out to H or his attorney and request the continuance and obtain available dates from the court calendar clerk so that you can inform them of how far out you need to continue the matter. You should communicate with them when your appointment with a lawyer is scheduled so that they understand why the continuance is required. If the hearing is coming up very imminently and they will not agree, you may appear to request the continuance. If it is further out, you can file a motion. However, if the hearing is far enough out that you would be able to at least consult with counsel in advance you should try to do so.
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