Thank you for your patience; I am sorry to hear you and your son are in this situation.
The good news is that a few years ago, realizing how unfair/lopsided contested custody cases can be, the legislature amended the statutes, specifically section 508 (here) which allows the court to order one parent to pay the other parent's legal fees, in order to level the playing field, so to speak.
Custody battles are difficult to handle as a self represented person, so having an attorney is ideal. And even if both parties are represented, the court may still appoint a Guardian Ad Litem as that person is charged with overseeing the best interests of the child- s/he is the child's advocate, so to speak. It is often encouraged in highly contested cases, because you have a neutral third party (as it relates to the parents) trying to figure out what is best for the child.
Domestic violence is a serious issue and can have a huge impact on custody, particularly if that party is exhibiting abusive/neglectful behavior towards the child specifically. The court will look to see what is in the child's best interests- and will look for a safe, loving and nurturing environment-not something that the police report seems to indicate is the situation. It is quite possible the judge may wish to speak to the child in chambers (more informal) to interview the child to find out the child's feelings; or the judge may appoint a therapist to interview the child, and to provide a report to the child on whether the child feels safe/secure at the respective homes. If it indicates a concern, the judge can even order a parent (or both) to undergo psych evaluation to determine what living arrangement is in the child's best interest.
The court can, if there is valid concern, limit visitation to supervised, requiring the supervised party to pay for it.
I would strongly encourage you to hire an attorney with the understanding that they file a motion for a request for attorney fees (ie retainer, future fees) so one can have proper legal representation. The court is even more likely to order it if the other parent is using the court system vindictively- ie without merit, just to harass or run up costs for the other parent.
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