Q: Can I get a local lawyer for an out of state custody/placement hearing?
I live in the VA/DC area and my children live in Wisconsin. The divorce hearing was in Wisconsin over 2 years ago and I feel that gaining placement and custody would be in the best interest of my 3 children due to the custodial parent denying my placement 3 times now. She has also been feeding my oldest child lies that has caused her to turn against me and my new wife in which they had a very good relationship in the past. In order to have a hearing in Wisconsin, can I get a local lawyer or do I have to find one in Wisconsin?
A: You could retain a local lawyer to represent you in Wisconsin. However, that lawyer would either have to be also barred/licensed in Wisconsin, or be admitted pro hac vice, i.e., sponsored by a Wisconsin lawyer for temporary practice in Wisconsin.
Also, keep in mind that it will be expensive to pay for travel, lodging, dining, etc. for that lawyer to attend Wisconsin hearings.
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