When you’re a parent who’s getting a divorce, you need the best child custody lawyer on your side – one who will look out for your kids’ best interests every step of the way.
But how do you find the best child custody lawyer for your needs? Where do you look, and how can you tell if you’re working with the right one?
Here’s what you can do to find the best child custody attorney to handle your situation.
Custody is one of the hot-button issues of divorce. In fact, it’s probably the most contentious part of otherwise amicable splits.
It’s tough, because both of you – you and your spouse – want what’s best for your children. You just don’t see eye-to-eye on what that is.
And that’s where a great child custody attorney comes in. Your attorney will be able to look out for your kids’ best interests every step of the way. Here are four tips to help you find the right custody lawyer:
Learn about child custody so you know what to ask
Ask friends and family for referrals
Interview attorneys through consultations
Ask specific questions
#1: Learn About Child Custody
Do plenty of research on Colorado child custodylaws so you know what types of issues you’re likely to face during your divorce. That includes learning about:
Being armed with this information lets you make the best possible decisions about your legal representation.
#2: Ask Friends and Family for Referrals
When you’re narrowing your search for a child custody lawyer, be smart about it. Ask your family and friends for the names of attorneys they’ve worked with in the past. Also, check attorneys’ websites to see how knowledgeable they are about topics that are important to you – sites that provide plenty of information can signal that you’re about to call an experienced attorney.
#3: Interview Custody Lawyers
Once you’ve narrowed your choices to a few custody lawyers, start making phone calls. Most lawyers provide consultations for divorce cases. You can use that time to ask specific questions about your own case, the lawyer’s experience and other important issues. It’s also a good way for you to understand the lawyer’s personality and communication style – and you need to be okay with both. If you’re not, it’s okay to thank the lawyer for his or her time and call someone else. In fact, it’s smart to interview two or three lawyers before you make your hiring decision.
#4: Ask Specific Questions
You can ask specific questions about your case during your initial interview with a lawyer. You should also ask:
What kind of experience do you have with cases like mine?
What is your fee structure?
How will you communicate with me about my case?
What seems like the most challenging part of my case?
Will you be the one handling my case, or will it be turned over to another lawyer in your firm?
Does most of your practice involve family law cases, or do you focus on other types of law, as well?
Do You Need to Find a Child Custody Lawyer?
If you’re like most parents, you want the best child custody lawyer you can find – and we can help.
Call us right now at 970-488-1887 for your consultation. We’ll identify your legal issues by asking you questions about your situation, and we’ll answer all your questions, too. We’ll explain child custody and the divorce process, as well as talk about possible outcomes for your case.
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