Tips On How To Prepare For Family Court

Knowing What’s What In Family Court

                Like anything else in the world, it’s best to know what you’re getting yourself into before you sign on the dotted line and step off the curb. In family court, the best thing to arm yourself with is knowledge. Having notes prepared, knowing what different legal terms mean or knowing whether you’re the plaintiff or the defendant will help you gain a better understanding of the situation at hand and improve your chances of getting the custody or visitation schedule you want out of this. You don’t have to go to school to be a lawyer; essentially, you can find out answers to legal questions with enough research and reading, a lot of reading. Having an attorney working on your case isn’t necessarily required as long as everything is done properly. So what are some things you can do to help yourself through this legal process? Here a couple things to check out.

  • What Resources Do You Have Available To You? Nobody is asking you to be Bruce Wayne here. Finding information on state laws, legal history of specific family court cases or general information on family law is easier to obtain than a lot of people think. Any library, especially at universities, will have access to this kind of information. Obviously not everyone has enough time to sit in a library all day and look through legal books, this is the 21st century however and information is literally at your finger tips with the advent of the internet and smart phone technology.
  • The Reality Of The Situation. You need to get your head around the idea that there is no quick fix. If you’re doing this on your own, without hiring an attorney, there are still many options and resources available to you. Parental advocate groups throughout the nation are there to help parents establish their rights to their children by assisting them with preparing their documents or hooking them up with other legal assistance programs. A lot of parents feel it is necessary to have an attorney with them but can’t afford this. There are state programs available to those who qualify, making a few phone calls and asking around will get you where you need to go.

It can be scary and intimidating to start a court case for your rights to your children, with or without an attorney behind you. One thing to keep in mind is this: you’re not the first parent to go through this. Whether you’re choosing to obtain legal representation or represent yourself pro se, your task is not impossible and you’re not alone. The benefits of doing your own research and having as much knowledge to aid you as possible far outweighs the consequences of going into court blind or signing stuff you don’t know about.

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2 comments on “Tips On How To Prepare For Family Court
  1. StepdadAgain says:

    Great advice. If I may, since I’ve been to family court many times (sigh), do not get caught up in “the fight”. You are not there to hurt your x. If you succumb to fighting or fighting back you’ll be in the process longer, it will cost you more money, only the lawyers win, and the stress will take five years off your already short life. Stick to the facts. Period. And good luck!

    • Great comment, thank you! It is very easy to fall into a prideful and self-righteous mode while dealing with a situation like this. Keeping your focus on getting a suitable order in place that makes the most sense within the law for all parties involved is the way to go. Thank you for sharing.

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