Answer: Over the years in Minnesota and Wisconsin cases we have found litigants in cases with domestic violence need legal counsel in the following circumstances:
Legal papers have been served on you
An agency has taken (or has threatened to take) your children
Confronting an abuser in the courtroom or otherwise is unsafe or intimidating
The other side has a lawyer
You or the abuser are immigrants or may have immigration-related problems or complications
You may face eviction or lose your job because of the actions of the abuser
You and the abuser live in separate states or one of you is on a reservation or in the military
Your case involves property, financial issues, or child custody
The legal issues involved are confusing
The legal matter is only one of the difficult issues you have to deal with at this point in time and you need somebody to take it over.
Losing would drastically change your life.