How can I file for child custody without an attorney? Children are being abused and want to live with me. I cant afford an attorney but too high income for legal aid.
First, yes you can. Just get the papers. There are some paralegal services that might help. Court’s also sometimes have self-help clinics.
Second, call up your local bar association and see if they have an attorney reference panel. They usually set it up so you can get a consultation for a nominal fee. There is no obligation to retain the attorney you consult with. This maybe enough to get you going.
Third, children will tell you what you want to hear. They will also manipulate the truth if it will give them an outcome they want. That said, abuse claims are often taken with a grain of salt by the courts. There are alot of people who hurl an abuse claim and most don’t stick. You may need some back up stuff like from Child Protective Services or the children’s schools, or some place, to back up such an allegation.
Fourth, if the children are old enough, the court will listen to them regarding where they wish to live.
Fifth, children do not like being the center of a fight. Your ex probably won’t like the allegations you bring. So be careful.