Q: Should I get an attorney for my domestic violence issue?

Answer:

Choosing an attorney is perhaps the most important decision you will make. Going through any court process alone without an attorney can be very difficult. The law and the rules of the court can be very complicated. You are likely dealing with upsetting facts that may make handling a legal process even harder.

Many times the advice and/or representation of an experienced attorney may make the difference between a good and bad outcome. Decisions made by a court can be permanent or very had to change. Even though hiring an attorney now might seem like more than you can afford, failing to get legal advice may mean you do not get the financial support you need and deserve

Some people may be able to go ahead without an attorney in cases like Orders for Protection. But even if you think that you can handle the court hearing by yourself, discussing your case with an attorney may help you decide whether to hire an attorney. It may also help you in representing yourself.

Whether you need an Order for Protection or a Divorce or Custody action, the presence of domestic violence can make the legal work much more difficult. Having an attorney that can advise you and help steer your case can be a tremendous advantage. This is probably not a time to hold off on putting your best foot forward. If you can afford to do so, it is advisable for you to get an attorney for my domestic violence issue.