Legal Information: Maryland

Custody

Updated: 
November 13, 2017

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 and to represent yourself in court without the help of a lawyer. As with all custody issues, it is strongly suggested that you try to get a lawyer to help you, especially if the other parent has a lawyer.  For a list of legal resources, some of which may be able to help for free or low cost, please see our MD Finding a Lawyer page.