Do I need a lawyer?
You have the right to file for custody without a lawyer. However, it may be difficult for you to file a proper petition without the help of a lawyer. Also, if the other parent has a lawyer, this will make it more difficult for you to show that the custody arrangement you want is in your child’s best interest.
It is better to have the help of a lawyer if you can get it. If you’re a victim of domestic violence, a lawyer knowledgeable about domestic abuse can be most helpful when seeking custody. Ask any potential lawyer if s/he is familiar with domestic abuse and the behavior patterns of abusers and their victims. To find legal help in AR please visit our AR Finding a Lawyer page under the Places that Help tab on the top of this screen.
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.