Readers have been posting messages about the pros and cons of being represented by a lawyer in family court.
I don't have all the answers, but I will make one note. When I ask a dad how he lost custody of his kids, the most common answer is that he went broke paying lawyers. He will say that he fought the system until all of his savings had been depleted, at which point his lawyer convinced him that nothing else could be done. So he gave up.