My question involves a child custody case from the State of: California
Here is the short version of a very long story, as condensed as I can possibly make it without compromising some key details anyway.
Mother and I have had 50/50 joint custody for years. Child is of school age now. I feel I meet best interest due to a false DCFS report filed by respondent, ongoing investigation because of this with unfortunately the minor as the key witness who told DCFS that her mom told her to lie to police, state that her dad and step-mom hit her with sandals and in return she would receive a pair of "light up shoes".
I am moving one state over due to a work opportunity. I also have a wife and other children who the minor is accustomed to (sees my wife as a mom).
There have been other issues I am concerned about that I don't think the courts will like. Bottom line is, I truly believe and am prepared to prove that I can provide a better quality life, care, education and environment for my daughter. I have a 12 page declaration completed with lots of info and have done a lot of the leg work. here's my concern: Bearing in mind the situation (requesting move away order as the father, and proving that I exceed best interest), Is there anything an attorney can do for me that I cannot or have not already done for myself? I have done some consultations and even paid for one and have not been told anything new. On one hand I'd like to retain someone who really knows this stuff, but on the other hand I can't see how it will help. Any information would be greatly appreciated. My understanding is that by going pro per I can potentially say a lot more because I am not represented. Note- Respondent has an attorney.