How can I win a custody case without a lawyer?
Contact the court clerk. The very first thing you need to do is contact your local family court and ask the clerk how you can obtain the papers you will need in order to file for child custody without a lawyer. In some states, these forms can be printed right from your computer.
Do I have to appear in court if I have an attorney?
Yes. They are called lawyers. Only lawyers can appear for their clients in court. However, if you have been charged with a felony offense, then you will still need to appear in court with or without your lawyer.
How do you ask a judge for more time?
File a declaration with the court asking for a continuance. It should say why you need the continuance. Explain how you can better present evidence in your case if you have more time. Explain some of what you want to tell the court, in case you do not get a continuance.