Since he began the process without an attorney, is he now precluded from retaining one or can he hire an attorney at any time during the process? 20 Answers as of May 07, 2013

My son has begun the process of answering a child custody modification motion, filing a response and a motion for more time on his own.

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The Law Firm of Jessica M. Cotter, P.L.L.C. | Jessica M. Cotter
At any time in the process you son can retain an attorney to represent his interests.
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Replied: 5/7/2013
CHANNELL LAW FIRM | WARREN T CHANNELL
He can retain legal counsel at any point in the proceedings (the sooner the better).
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 5/7/2013
Gabel, Gudmundsen & Gabel, P.C. | Laura Gabel
He can retain counsel at any point; however, if there have been repeated delays, the Court may not allow an additional extensions of time for an attorney to get up to speed. If he is early in the process, your son may retain counsel and should have enough time for him to "catch up."
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 5/7/2013
Peters Law, PLLC
Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
Hire an attorney, the sooner the better.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 5/7/2013
David A. Browde, P.C.
David A. Browde, P.C. | David Browde
You can hire an attorney at any time during the process.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/7/2013
    The Law Offices of Tres A. Porter | Tres A. Porter
    Generally speaking, you are free to hire an attorney at any stage of the proceeding. You/your son should consult with a family law attorney as soon as possible.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/7/2013
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
    No, he can retain an attorney whenever he chooses, should he choose to retain one. Especially with a child custody matter, it is strongly recommended that he consult with an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/3/2013
    Ronald Main & Associates | Tracian M. Laignel
    You can hire an attorney at any time. Just because he was pro se, or representing himself in the beginning, does not bar or block him from hiring an attorney now to help him.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 5/3/2013
    Law Office of Brent R. Chipman
    Law Office of Brent R. Chipman | Brent R. Chipman
    A self represented party can retain an attorney at any point in a legal proceeding. A party represented by an attorney can discharge the attorney and represent themselves at any point in a legal proceeding.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/3/2013
    John Russo | John Russo
    He has a right to counsel at any time during the proceedings.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 5/3/2013
    Kevin H Pate
    Kevin H Pate | Kevin H Pate
    He can, and should, retain counsel to assist him.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 5/3/2013
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