Knowing Where To Start
First off you need to assess the situation. If your ex is violating the court order you guys already have, is causing trouble regarding your time with the kids, not paying child support or just making things difficult in general, taking legal action might be necessary. The next question is where to start the process. If you’re like most parents that have never gone through the court system and are stressed out about the situation, then you might find yourself on a Google page staring at a list of websites advertising legal help or flipping through the phone book looking for someone that sounds like they might be able to help you. A lot of people get discouraged at this point because they don’t know what they’re looking for. The right tool in the hands of a skilled craftsman does the job better than a hundred wrong tools. Here are some tips on how to get started with your family legal issue.
- Diligence Pays Off. Don’t settle for the first attorney or organization you come across. Doing your homework on specific professional’s track records and success rates and comparing it to others will give you more information that you can use to aid you in your family court case. The internet is a great place to read customer reviews on everything from office chairs to lawyers. A good thing to keep in mind however is that the internet has a plethora of negative reviews; in short, it’s a great place to complain about stuff. Doing your homework requires some reading on your end and a little effort to find reviews that properly reflect the group or attorney you are researching. Diligence is even more important if money is tight. If you can’t afford to make a mistake, make sure you’re choosing the right path.
- Knowledge Is Power. The more you know, the less you potentially have to spend on someone to tell you what you need to know. Essentially, if you know that you need a motion for temporary guardianship, that’s easier than walking up to a lawyers officer and asking him/her what you need to do to get to see your kids. The difference in family law is that it’s much easier to represent yourself and get the issue resolved; all you need to do is get the right forms to file with the court. Once you determine what you need, finding the means to obtain it and taking the right steps is just a matter of logistical coordination.
What you need to remember is that you’re not the first person to have an issue in family law and that there are a ton of resources out there for you to use in your own case, it’s just a matter of finding them. Refining your search as you go will narrow down the results and bring you that much closer to your goal. For example, a search for “family legal help” is going to give you thousands of results and a lot of internet spam. Narrowing that search to “fathers rights in Dallas, Texas” or even “paralegal services in Chatsworth county” will give you much fewer and more focused results so you don’t have to do as much sifting. Reach out to your community and national organizations that can help you with your case, there is a solution for you out there.
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