What You Need To Do In Family Law
If you’re like most parents having a family legal issue, the first thing you want to do is find some legal help; for most this means finding an attorney. You might want to ask yourself however, if an attorney is really what you need to get custody or visitation rights for your children. It’s a natural reaction to assume you need a lawyer to help you if you’re having any kind of legal issue. You always have the option of representing yourself, unless you’re instructed otherwise. In a criminal case it might be more necessary to have some kind of professional legal representation but in family law, you can represent yourself and get the issue resolved without spending thousands of dollars on high attorney’s fees. This can be a scary proposition for a lot of people if you’re just starting out, more so if you were blindsided by your former partner serving you with papers or kicking you to the curb, literally and figuratively. If you’re at a loss about what to do, the good news is that there are local and nationwide services to help you with your family legal issue. Here are some tips to help you with your family law case.
No Money For An Attorney? No Problem. It’s an unfortunate belief that if you don’t have access to thousands of dollars that you can’t win your case. Sometimes the odds can be stacked against you if the opposing party is friends with the heavy hitters of the legal community but there the American legal system is set up to allow people a fair chance in the court room. In family law, representing yourself is easier than one would think. Essentially, what you need is a court order signed by a judge and you need the right documents to file for him/her to make a ruling over the situation, if in fact you do go through the court process. Having a judge make a decision for your situation about your child isn’t always necessary though. Going through mediation can be a great way for everyone to get what they want, especially the child, if they’re old enough to participate in the communication process, and not spend all the time and money mucking about in the court system and dealing with attorneys or clerks offices.
Ask Your Children What They Feel About All This. It’s easy to get caught up in the family legal process and forget about what you’re kids think about all this. Parents get so into fighting for what they think is in the best interest of the child that they don’t stop and ask the children what they want. It seems ironic that the children can be left on the sidelines when they are the subject of all this legal nonsense but it happens more than you’d think. Involving a third party professional isn’t a bad idea either. A lot of times, having a child psychologist help with this process can be beneficial and shed light on a light of things that might be below the surface.
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