What to ask before hiring a child custody lawyer?

What to ask before hiring a child custody lawyer?

If you have never hired a child custody attorney before, the entire proceedings might seem alien and intimidating. First obtain the names of child custody lawyers by going through sources and recommendations. Get introduced to every child custody lawyer, get them acquainted with the case, try to understand their skills and background, strategies in handling the case, legal fees. Match the notes of every meeting and employ the best child custody lawyer for the case.

Questions to a child custody lawyer

Background check

  • Which college and law school did you go to?
  • Since how many years have you been practicing law?
  • Are you an associate of any bar association or organization? If yes, which ones?
  • How many child related custody cases do you handle in a year?
  • Do you often handle cases like mine?
  • Do you have the experience of using mediation in a child custody case?

Style of child custody attorney

  • How are you planning to handle the case?
  • How is your rapport with your clients? Do you expect me to make decisions or like to tell me what to do?
  • Describe your style as an advocate?

Assessing your child’s case

  • What is your review of my case?
  • What kind of judgement can I expect?
  • What problems can hamper my case?
  • Do we have to go for a trial?
  • How long will it take for the child custody case to be ruled out in my favor?

Managing the custody issue

  • Can you dedicate time in my case?
  • Are you going to personally handle my case or will another lawyer take responsibility?
  • Will other lawyers or experts be working on the case? What will be their role?
  • How often are you going to update me on my case? What will be included in the reports?
  • Will you be in touch with me on a daily basis?
  • What is the best way to get in touch with you? How soon can I expect you to get back to me?

Legal expenditure

  • How much will be the total expenditure of my child custody case?
  • How much do you charge?
  • Will you be frequently sending the bills?
  • What other expenses will I have to bear?

At the end of the meeting, check with your divorce attorney if there are any other questions you should have asked or if he/ she has something to tell you before hiring.

 

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