3) How to choose your lawyer?
You should only work with an attorney who has experience dealing with your specific situation, or who is willing to give you legal advice about your specific child custody dispute. In many instances, family law attorneys represent parents who are abusive (physically, emotionally, or sexually), or who seek sole custody of the children.
It is important that you trust your lawyer with these sensitive issues, because you may have to keep these issues in the utmost secrecy, which will likely make them even more difficult to deal with for the child’s best interests. Therefore, your lawyer must be able to build a relationship of trust with your attorney from the beginning of the litigation process until it is over.
4) Seek the best advice
Another reason that it is important to hire a lawyer is that attorneys offer specialized services to clients who need specific types of legal advice. For example, temporary custody and visitation attorneys are often referred to as mediation attorneys.
This is because they provide their clients with a one-on-one consultation in which they are able to work out a child support agreement without having to go to court. However, if a father or mother wants to pursue full custody of the children, they will not be able to do this through a mediation process.
5) Is It all necessary ?
If you find it necessary to hire a lawyer because your ex has made threats towards you or your child, or you feel that your rights have been violated in any way, then hiring an attorney is absolutely necessary. It is important that you fully understand the entire child custody dispute process before you choose an attorney.
Not only do you want an attorney who is experienced, but you also want someone who will protect your rights. In many cases, attorneys offer a free initial consultation so that you can determine whether they feel comfortable representing you. If they do represent you, it is always important to meet and interview each of your attorneys before you agree to retain them.