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If at the time that you go to court the judge threaten to hold you in contempt or does hold you in contempt for not paying child support, then you can request a public defender.
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If you are not facing a criminal charge like contempt of court then you are not going to be able to have access to a public defender. In order to clear up the credit issue, you need to hire a civil family law attorney or go to your local legal aid center.