my partner got separated with his ex-wife almost 2 years ago...last jan 9, he was arrested by the NBI folks for a criminal case of violation against par. 4, art. 59 of pd 603 in relation to sec 10 of ra 7610. it simply says "Neglects the child by not giving him the education which the family's station in life and financial conditions permit". on their first hearing, does he need a lawyer right away? is there a way to have it settled and just agree to give his children financial assistance on a monthly basis? or there's no other way but imprisonment?