Q: I had a lawyer file everything, but I cannot afford them to be at the trial/pre-trial for visitation. What should I do?
I paid a lawyer company more than $8000 to represent me, but the mother keeps adding things into the case, like a mental health exam, 2-3 interrogatories, and discoveries, etc. The company charged me for each of these, and now I am just about broke. I cannot afford them to be at the pre-trial, or trial and I make too much for legal aide from the state. The mother has also counter-petitioned the court for me to never see my daughter and for me to pay child support, and her attorneys fees. This case has been going on for a year. I have been searching for an attorney who will take the case, but they all want huge amounts of money, and I dont know what to do when I go to court and its just me without any legal knowledge. I just want to see my daughter. I am not sure what to do...
Please do not give up on fighting for your daughter. Family law cases can be costly, so if there is any way you get the additional funds that you need to proceed with your current legal counsel, I would suggest you try. Also, maybe you can have a discussion with your current attorney and see if there is a way that you can streamline future legal fees (i.e. are there things that you can do yourself as opposed to your attorney doing it).
I hope that helps and good luck to you!!
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