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After he files for custody, you will have an opportunity to respond.
Then, you will have to prepare for the hearing.
You can bring in witnesses and prepare questions.
Every witness will have to be listed on an exhibit list beforehand.
You can also ask questions outside court (called interrogatories and depositions).
And, you can request that a guardian ad litem be appointed (someone to represent the child).
If you have less than poverty wages, you may qualify for free legal help through local legal services.
This is Iowa Legal Services: www.iowalegalaid.org/
Call in and see whether you qualify for free legal help.
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