Legal Information: Maryland
Updated: October 18, 2022
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.
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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