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Legal Information: California
Do I need a lawyer?
You do not need a lawyer to file for custody. 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, it will be particularly helpful if you have a lawyer as well. For legal help, go to CA Finding a Lawyer.
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.
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