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Child Custody Attorneys-Ask These 12 Questions

Gorry Terry

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The first thing that must be recognised is that changing child custody arrangements is a relatively straightforward process provided one thing exists - the agreement of both parents.

It simply involves coming to an agreement with your former partner and submitting it to the court for approval.

However where that agreement does not exist, you will need, if you are the non custodial parent, to bring a Motion for Modification to court and seek the court's approval. To get the approval of the court you will need to show that there has been a significant change in circumstances which are detrimental to the child.

Child custody attorneys are a dime a dozen. And there are the good, bad and ugly so it is essential that you choose the right one for you. This article will set out 12 questions you need to know the answers to.

1. What is your experience of child custody litigation?

2. How long have you been practicing in this jurisdiction?

3. What judge is likely to hear my case?

4. What is his/her attitude in previous cases. . conciliatory, sympathetic, favouring one or other parent?

5. How do you calculate your fees?

6. What is included in your fees?

7. What is the procedure if I wish to disengage your services and hire another attorney?

8. When do you need to be paid and have you any programs for parents who are financially distressed?

9. Do you like children and have you any of your own?

10. Do you keep me updated with all correspondence in relation to my case?

11. Do I need to make an appointment to see you?

12 . How can I ensure costs are kept to a minimum?

These are just some of the questions you will need to ask any prospective child custody attorney. In addition you will need to use a certain amount of your own gut instinct because you will be expecting this person to stand shoulder to shoulder with you in some of the most stressful environments that you may face in your lifetime. Learn about child custody mediation and court appointed child custody mediators at my site now.

It is vital that you are personally comfortable with your attorney and get on well on a personal level. There are other factors to consider. For more information please go now: .


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