Child custody is one of the biggest issues in the family court system. When a couple is getting a divorce they have to determine where the children from the marriage will live, who will pay for the things the children need, and what is in the best interest of the children.
Child custody and child support are two issues that usually go hand in hand with volatile emotions, psychological stress, and the need for a mediator. You want to make sure you have the best possible attorney in your area to help you with your child custody issues, but how do you decide who is the best?
1. Consider the experience they have
You will need an attorney that has dealt with child support issues in the past. You need an attorney that knows the child support laws in the state you live in, one that is going to fight to make sure that the other parent pays an adequate amount to help support the children produced by the marriage.
2. Consider their proximity to you
You are going to have to meet with the attorney several times during the course of your family law proceedings. If the attorney you choose has offices in another town then you will have to consider what you will have to do in order to get to their office. If it is impossible for you to get to their offices then check to see if the attorney is willing to meet you somewhere closer to your home.
3. Consider their fees
You hate to base your selection on the amount of money that it is going to cost you, but if you cannot afford to pay for your lawyer then you are going to be in even worse shape than you are in now. Ask the attorney to explain their fees, and explain their payment arrangements before you become too involved with them.
4. Look for reviews and referrals
If you have the name of an attorney then you need to look at any reviews you can find about them before you go and see them. Do an online search to see if you can find any written reviews about the lawyer, or the law firm they work with.
5. Interview them
On the first visit to the office of the attorney you are essentially interviewing them for a job. You want to go to this meeting prepared to conduct a thorough interview. Take a small tablet and write down all of the pertinent questions that you want to ask them and carry this tablet with you to the consultation.
6. Listen to your gut
Your gut will let you know when you have found the right person for the job. You will feel confident in the choice you are making. If you feel uneasy about hiring the attorney then your gut is trying to tell you that your subconscious is aware of something that your conscious might not be acknowledging. Listen to your gut.