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Legal Information: Pennsylvania
Updated: February 5, 2020
Do I need a lawyer?
No, you do not need a lawyer to file for custody. However, to prepare and present your best case, it is recommended that you have a lawyer represent you. The information we provide here should get you started and help you with basic questions you might have. However, custody issues are complicated and the assistance of an attorney can be helpful. For a list of legal resources, please see our PA 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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