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In most cases, each party pays their own attorney's fees for a free-standing custody case (not part of a divorce). A person is not required to hire a lawyer to go to court on a custody case. Once there is already an order in place, if the other parent violates it, then it may be possible for the innocent party to seek attorney's fees related to enforcing the order from the wrongdoer.
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Are they related to the child?
Do you have any other questions about this? Generally, each party is going to have to pay their own attorney's fees, even if you don't believe the other party has a legitimate reason to be seeking custody.