When it comes to children and divorce, cutting corners financially shouldn’t even be on the table. Some Virginia parents who are divorcing try to represent themselves during child custody hearings. That could be a recipe for disaster and results that yield terrible disappointment. In most cases, hiring an experienced lawyer for custody cases is the wisest step a parent can make before heading to court.
When should a lawyer be hired?
A lawyer will always be helpful in any case, but especially when cases include hostility between parents. If a parent thinks a child is in danger or a former spouse begins to make accusations that are false or misleading, a family law attorney may be able to help a parent to protect a child and him or herself from possible harm. A lawyer should also be involved if the circumstances around a case change. For instance, a former spouse is now seeking sole custody, when he or she originally agreed to joint custody.
Dealing with a child custody proceeding
There are no guarantees when it comes to the outcome of a child custody case. Even when one parents thinks the judge is favoring him or her that is not necessarily the case. A judge makes a decision based on a number of yardsticks. So, a parent’s duty is to make a good impression, and to show the judge time has been taken to prepare for the hearing. Being professional from the outset will help make a case.
A Virginia lawyer may be able to assist a parent to argue his or her child custody case. Many people don’t know the in’s and out’s of family law rules and an attorney can provide guidance since he or she knows the law and the court process. There are instances when situations require legal help and child custody cases may certainly be one of those instances.