If you have custody papers signed and notaraized by both parents can you file them yourself or do you have to have an attorney?

You do not need to hire an attorney to gain access to the courts. However, a person that does not have an attorney represent them does have some risk. Domestic situations involving custody and divorces can be a complicated matter. Many states now have posted information to their websites that provide for self-help type of forms and some basic information. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be able to obtain the services of an attorney for a reduced cost/no cost. Contact your state bar association for additional information.