I filed a petition for a Move Away and live in LA, the respondent lives in NYC, but he is contesting it. He has visits once a month. I would like to file to get an attorney for my child who is 9 years old. How do I find an attorney, are they also Family Law Attorneys? Do I file for fees first and then get the attorney? As I was going through forms: FA 300, 158 and 319, it was asking for a lot of information which seems an attorney needs to file. If I leave anything blank, will they throw out the hearing? He makes $250k per year plus 30% bonus and I make $24k a year and have the minor child 90% of the time.
I also need to subpoena his records.
You may ask the court for Minor's Counsel, but if you've already filed your RFO for a move away, you don't need to separately ask for Minor's Counsel. Ask for one to be appointed at the hearing; however, you should probably file an Income and Expense Declaration to show that you do not have the ability to pay, so that the Court make the other side pay subject to reallocation.If you have the child 90% of the time and he doesn't even live in CA, you will want to show why your request to move away will not affect your custodial schedule. You likely will not even need Minor's Counsel.
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