Q: Thank you for your time and response. It’s greatly appreciated. I’ve always wanted to be in my sons life, but
Money is an issue and has been from the time he was born, as to why I never had the funds to obtain an attorney to get visitation rights. So, basically it seems as if I’m stuck paying support for a child I can’t even interact with?
The Circuit Court in the jurisdiction in Maryland where your child resides may have a self-help programs for self-represented litigants in domestic/family law cases. Most common legal motions, comlaints and petitions are available as fill-in-the-bank forms for family law cases, including visitation matters. You should be able to download and file these forms on your own. You may be eligible for a waiver of court fees and costs by filing a motion for waiver to proceed "in forma pauperis." Most Maryland jursidictions, except for Baltimore City, now have elecronic filing as an option for self-representd litigants (it is mandatory for lawyers to file this way, but self-represented litigants can still file in paper form). Since you are out of state, it may be easier for you to register to e-file by electronic means in your case. Some hearings may be attended re,otely by telephone or over the zoom internet platform. In matters not automatically scheduled for remote appearance, a party may request by motion to appear remotely at the hearing, but must file their motion sufficiently in advance and secure a court order granting the motion before the heaing; otherwise, personal appearance would be necessary.
Here is a link for self-represented parties in domestic cases, whith further links to resources:
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