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How to Identify a Good Child Custody Attorney

Lora Davis

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There are many lawyers out there but not all of them can qualify to be called competent custody attorneys; when people are involved in child custody cases, they definitely a lawyer who is not only resilient, strong willed, determined, confident but most important they have to be compassionate. Child custody cases are a part of family law together with annulments and divorce cases in addition to any other dispute to do with paternity issues, child support and wills. All these are matters involving people that are related by blood or marriage. When an attorney is discussing matters to do with child custody cases with you they should be able to convey what is in the best interest of the child even when that best is not what you may have wanted to hear.

Listening: Competent child custody attorneys are usually patient enough to listen to the minutest details and facts from a parent concerning a child, both parents in addition to everything else that pertains to the child. Once they are done listening they should make a determination that is in the best interest of the child.

Child support: A good family law expert is one who will be able to create a child support agreement so that both parents can make an equal contribution towards the care and support of their child. Good child custody attorneys are also able to divide the required amount according to the particular parent’s financial ability but not necessarily based on the sex of the parent.

Locality: As much as possible, you want to deal with child custody attorneys who come from the same county as you do. However, if that isn’t practical they should be from the neighboring county but they need to be updated on the particular laws that pertain to the county you live in.

Confidence: It is in your best interest to retain a lawyer who is confident; you can identify one when you are interviewing them so that you are sure they will be able to handle all matters pertaining to your case. You cannot expect child custody lawyers who are not self-confident to represent you perfectly.

Experience: Child custody cases are an area of family law that is quite complicated and as a result you want to deal with an attorney who is highly experienced in this particular type of family law. Get a lawyer who has handled a number of cases that are similar to the one you are taking to court so that they are equipped with enough winning strategies. Make sure that you ask for a number of reviews, accolades in addition to their diplomas before you sign the dotted line to hire them.

Payments: Last but not least, good custody attorneys should be able to allow you pay their fees in manageable installments; avoid anyone that insists that you remit the whole amount all at once. Under normal circumstance you will be required to pay at least 10% of the agreed amount upfront and the remaining amount in equal monthly installments until you clear their fees.


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