Child Custody Legal Help
When involved in a dispute over child custody, emotions can often run high. Combined with the complexity of some of the legal issues involved, the situation can become very difficult.
Seeking Legal Help
It is usually in the best interests of everyone involved for the parties to seek some form of legal help to resolve child custody issues.
- First, both partners should seek to come to a custody agreement voluntarily. Legal help in the form of a mediator can assist with this.
- A mediator can provide an objective assessment of the interests of both partners, and help them reach an agreement that a court is likely to approve, and protects the interests of the child, as well as both parents.
- If an agreement cannot be reached voluntarily, it will be up to a court to devise a custody scheme, with the best interests of the child being the goal..
- In this situation, each partner should seek their own lawyer. A lawyer specializing in family law will have a very good understanding of the law involved, and the factors that a court will consider in devising a custody scheme, and will be best equipped to make a parent’s case for why they should get custody.
Finding a Lawyer
Lawyer referral services are a good source for finding an attorney who specializes in this area of law. Parties seeking self-help or legal help from someone other than a lawyer have options, too. Websites such as LawHelp.org provide lists of organizations which can provide free or low-cost legal aid in a variety of areas, including child custody.
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Last Modified: 07-19-2013 11:22 AM PDT
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