My wife is trying to get full legal and physical custody of our kids and leave me only with supervised visitation. This is concerning because she is very abusive.
I don’t have money for a lawyer so how should I go about fighting this?
I am not licensed to practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general information regarding your situation.
In Virginia, where I practice, it would be advisable to ask the court to appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), who is an attorney who represents the best interests of the children.
This attorney will investigate the situation and make recommendations to the court based on his or her independent investigation.
However, in my state the parties are required to pay for this service, unless the court determines that they are indigent and cannot afford to pay. Even if you cannot afford to hire an attorney to go to court with you, it would be a very good idea to sit down with an attorney licensed in your state to get some preliminary advice before going to court.