Tips On How To Start Your Family Court Case

What Questions You Should Ask In Family Law

                To follow up yesterday’s piece about what questions to ask yourself or be prepared to answer, another good thing to think about regarding questions in family law are what questions you might want to ask an attorney or other legal professional. Some of the most frequently asked questions from parents or grandparents starting out in a child custody dispute usually have to do with getting advice from an attorney about their case. As with anything else there is a double edge; the good and the bad aspects of things. If you’re a parent going to court over your children any help is good help. Here are some tips about how to properly seek out the information you need to get the custody or visitation schedule that’s best for the kids and win your case.

  • I Need A Second Opinion Please. If you’re contacting an attorney or legal service for help with your case, choosing the right one is paramount. Panic and high stress situations and environments don’t help us make logical decisions and in fact can prevent you from getting the proper help you need in your court case. There’s nothing wrong with contacting more than one person or group to find the best deal or ideal fit. There are always more than one person whom you can consult with at least about a broad overview of your case. It may sound old fashioned in this digital age we find ourselves in but looking in a phone book can be a good place to start; if anything you can find the right area of law in which to explore. The internet and the easy access to smart phones and computers make finding legal assistance a little easier. A quick Google search is really all you need to start in the right direction as well.
  • Down To Business. Whether you’re talking to an attorney or a parelegal, asking the right questions has an impact on how your case is going to be framed and analyzed by the person you hired which in turn affects the outcome of your custody case. If you’re preparing the documents yourself and simply finding an attorney that can give you some more in depth legal information, this is even more important. Show up with a list of questions you already want to ask, this is your case and you need to take the lead. A lot of people want to know their odds or chances of winning their case. The question should actually sound more like “does the information in my case justify what I’m asking for?” That being said being organized on your end will make it easier for your lawyer to determine the best course of action for you.

Family court and mediation are both forms of negotiation. Everyone has the facts and what either party wants out of this and a decision is going to be made based on everything presented by you and your ex. Asking questions like, “What’s the best or worst case scenario I could see from this?”, “Can I leave the state with my child if I don’t know child’s mother or father is and they’re not in the child’s life?” or “What are my rights as a parent?” are great kinds of questions to ask. The more information you have to work with and arm yourself with, the more likely it is that you will win your case and get the custody or visitation that’s best for the children and you. Knowing what the right thing to do, in general, isn’t as easy as asking the question, but the answer is usually within us the whole time. Sometimes you have to make a leap of faith, other times you have to eat nothing by spaghetti to get by during lean times. As a parent, as long as you’re doing the best you can do for your child’s well being; you’re accomplishing your mission.

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