I have filed for a custody hearing in at Va Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, and our hearing date has been set. My circumstances have not allowed me to retain a lawyer. Thus, I need to represent myself. What will happen at the first hearing? I understand that psyche evaluations might be ordered, GALs assigned, etc. How are those costs distributed in VA Beach, and what are the ranges? Other than court fees, are there other major expenses that I should be prepared for?I'm also curious if I can ask for court ordered family therapy. Can I do that, and if so, will the financial burden be entirely mine? What do I need to prepare before going?
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