Asked in Child Custody for North Dakota

Q: Can the court require legal representation to have a case heard?

A friend of mine is trying to get custody of her son who is being emotionally abused by his father (he has physical custody and they both live in ND). The courts are telling her they won't hear the case unless she has legal representation. She makes too much for legal aid and doesn't have the $5000 for a retainer. I have never heard of any court requiring legal representation to have a case heard. She has been told this by a lawyer, a judge's clerk, and many other clerks. Since when is it required to have a lawyer? How does she go about getting her case heard? Who can she complain to about the courts denying her case to be heard unless she has legal representation? What are her options?

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Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne
  • St. Louis Park, MN
  • Licensed in North Dakota

A: I feel as if information may be missing with this story. The facts are too vague, but a person DOES have the right to represent themselves.

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