Legal Information: Florida

Custody

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Updated: 
March 3, 2022

Do I need a lawyer to get custody (parental responsibility)?

You do not need a lawyer to file for custody (sole or shared parental responsibility).  However, with the help of a lawyer, it may be easier for you to gather and present the information you will need to convince the judge of your position on what the parenting plan and time sharing schedule should be. Also, if the other parent has a lawyer, it will be more difficult for you to present your case.  For free legal assistance and legal referrals go to our FL Finding a Lawyer page.

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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