If you’re not in a relationship with your child’s other parent, you need to get a child custody lawyer. A custody arrangement will formalize your custody and visitation schedule, so it can be enforced by the court if necessary.
Choosing a custody attorney may seem overwhelming at first. There are a lot of attorneys who practice family law, and they all have different fee agreements, methodologies and communication styles. It’s intimidating to choose, especially if you’ve never worked with a lawyer before. Follow these tips to find a child custody lawyer who can meet your needs.
Research child custody attorneys in your area
The first thing you’ll need to do is research the child custody attorneys in your area. Some people start by asking for recommendations from friends, family and colleagues who have gone through a similar situation. Most people are happy to talk about the good experiences they’ve had, and warn you away from negative ones.
If you don’t know anyone who has used a local child custody attorney, you can research your options online. Choose attorneys who specifically say they practice family law in your area. You might find the perfect lawyer, but if they only practice in another state, their information won’t be of much use to you.
When researching attorneys online, don’t forget to look at their online reviews. Look for a general pattern in the reviews. Keep in mind that there will always be some outliers, both positive and negative.
Ask for a consultation
After you’ve found a few promising attorneys, call their offices and ask for a consultation. Most attorneys provide limited free consultations, in which they will briefly review your case and tell you whether they think you have a chance of succeeding. You can also take this time to ask them questions about how their firm operates.
Get the answers to important questions
When interviewing attorneys, ask questions that will help you get a sense of their work and communication style. Start with basic information, such as how much their fees are and what kind of payments they accept. Then ask whether they’ll be the attorney handling your case, or if they hand cases off to other attorneys.
Ask how long your attorney has practiced family law, and how often they litigate cases similar to yours. If your attorney is newer to practicing, find out if they have a mentor in the firm who will be available to guide them.
Finally, ask questions about how they communicate: phone, email or text? Will they reach out to you to let you know of any developments? How often can you expect to hear from them?
Choose the attorney with whom you feel most comfortable
Once you’ve interviewed several attorneys in your area, you’ll likely have an idea of whom you like best. Choose a professional, courteous and communicative lawyer who makes you feel confident in the outcome.
If you’re looking for a child custody attorney, call The Law Office of Rob Biggers today to arrange a consultation.
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