When you love your kids, you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure you get to spend time with them while they’re growing. Even (or especially) if you’re going through a divorce, it’s important to reassure your child that you’ll always be there for them. Choosing a great child custody attorney will help ensure your rights are upheld, and you can spend a fair amount of time with your kids. Here’s how to find the right child custody lawyer for you
Start with research
The first thing you’ll need to do is research attorneys online. Don’t go with the first person that pops up in a Google search or in the phonebook. The key is to find the right fit, so you’re probably going to have to find and interview several attorneys before you find the right one.
One good way to find a child custody lawyer is to ask for word-of-mouth recommendations. If your family and friends have gone through a custody proceeding, ask them who they hired and whether they were satisfied with the work done on their behalf. That can be a starting point—use those names and positive references to create a running list of potential attorneys.
Finally, you can Google attorneys—and no matter how you find them, you should research them online to see their reviews and disciplinary history.
Interview multiple attorneys
Once you’ve come up with a list of five to 10 local child custody attorneys, it’s time to interview them. Most child custody lawyers offer free initial consultations. They’ll review your case and tell you about whether they’ve handled similar cases, what they expect the outcome to be and how long they think it will take.
You should also ask the attorney how often they handle cases like yours, how much they charge, how you’ll be expected to pay and whether they’re the main point person for the case. (Some firms hand cases to newer attorneys, while providing supervision. Others will handle your case from start to finish. There’s no wrong answer—whatever you feel comfortable with is most important.) Ask your attorney how often they like to communicate, whether they’ll help you prepare for important court dates and any other questions you have.
Make your decision based on factors important to you
When it comes to lawyers, one size does not fit all, so you’ll need to choose based on with whom you feel most comfortable. Your initial consultations should give you plenty of information to make your decision, but if you’re not sure, feel free to follow up with more questions. Since this is such an important part of your life, it’s crucial that you feel confident in your legal representation.
When you need a seasoned child custody lawyer, call The Law Offices of Granoff & Kessler today. We can help you through your custody case.
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