September 8, 2011

Why You Should Choose A Family Law Attorney

Posted in Custody, Family Law tagged , at 10:51 pm by demetriagraves

Choosing an attorney to represent you in a child custody dispute can be overwhelming. A simple internet search can produce hundreds of hits. But, not all attorneys are created equal. In a case where your relationship with your child is in jeopardy, you must give this decision a great deal of thought and consideration.

 Firstly, its important to commit to hiring an attorney to assist you in your family law or child custody matter. Many people believe that they do not need an attorney to represent them in court. This is true; you do not need to hire an attorney and are free to represent yourself in all legal matters. However, proceeding on your own, or pro se, can be a very difficult undertaking. Attorneys are familiar with court rules and procedures, and good attorneys will know how to utilize those rules in your favor. Do you have lots of evidence that you are an excellent parent and you want a judge to review this evidence? Well, if you fail to present it to the judge in the appropriate manner, a judge may never see this evidence. At the very least, it is important to know your rights as a parent. You should consult with an attorney at some point during your legal proceeding, even if you are unable to retain an attorney to represent you for the entirety of your matter.

 Family Law is a very specialized field, so it’s important to go with a family law specialist. Even within family law, there are further specializations. Imagine going to your family doctor for a serious neurological problem. If that doctor doesn’t refer you to a neurologist, then he has failed to fully care for you and your needs. Likewise, if you contact an attorney with a general practice who doesn’t refer you to a family law attorney, he or she is not giving you the best service. Each area of law has its own set of rules and hundreds of applicable statutes. For your child custody matter, you want an attorney who has committed themselves to the exclusive practice of family law.  This attorney will likely be up to date on the newest developments in family law, the latest changes to family law statutes, and best equipped to handle your matter. He or she may be familiar with the various family court judges in your area, as well as other local attorneys. All of this knowledge will benefit you.

Personality and philosophy; are you and your attorney a match? If you are not already familiar with a family law attorney, its important to find the right attorney. Many people look just for an attorney they can afford, but its also important to find an attorney who understands your goals and the manner in which you would like to achieve your goals. Do you want a pit bull attorney? Do you have unlimited resources and want to overturn every rock, exploring every possibility? Are you sick of fighting, ready to move on, and hopeful to reach agreements with your child’s other parent?  I recommend meeting with your potential attorney and talking with them. Plus see if they have any references who wouldn’t mind talking with you about their experiences. Hiring an attorney can be a major financial commitment. Make sure you have hired someone who shares your values, and clearly understands the outcome you are seeking.

If you would like to speak to an attorney to better determine your rights, and move forward in a child custody matter, or any family law concern. I offer a free initial consultation where you can get your questions answered.

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