The media often suggests that the majority of marriages end in divorce. But the reality is that only 3 out of every 1,000 marriages in the U.S. end each year.
If you've found yourself in the middle of a divorce though, it can feel like you're the only one suffering from this stressful, emotional situation. Losing your spouse, dividing property, and moving out of your home is bad enough.
The last thing you want to do is worry about losing custody of your children.
That's why we've compiled this list of 4 essential tips for finding the best custody attorney. Keep reading to learn more.
1. Set Realistic Goals
The last thing you want to do when starting your search for a custody attorney is to go into it expecting miracles.
If your spouse is an involved part of your children's lives, has a solid job, and no criminal background or questionable morals, it's unlikely that any judge is going to grant you full custody. If you go into the situation expecting your custody attorney to perform a miracle and get you full custody, you're going to be let down.
Instead, be realistic about the situation, and be open with potential custody attorneys about what your goals are.
2. Start Your Search Early
Waiting until you're too far into the process of getting a divorce to hire a custody attorney is a mistake.
To start, if your soon-to-be-ex already has an attorney, they have a head start on fighting for custody. You'll be forced to rush through the process of finding an attorney, which could lead to you choosing the wrong one.
3. Find a Lawyer Who Cares
You're going to be spending a lot of time with your chosen attorney. You'll also be opening up to them and depending on them to help you as you face what will likely be one of the hardest parts of your life.
This is why it's essential to find a lawyer that you feel you can trust and one who cares about you and our family.
A lawyer with experience in dealing with tough custody battles will be able to offer advice for making the transition smoother for you and your children. Their emotional support and advice can go a long way towards keeping you sane through your divorce.
4. Choose a Lawyer with the Right Experience
Choosing just any lawyer to help you with your custody battle is a mistake.
Maybe you have a family friend who practices law. Or a lawyer that helped you with previous court cases. Regardless of how much you trust that person, if they don't have experience dealing with custody battles, they're the wrong choice.
Instead, you need a lawyer who has dealt with custody battles in the past and specializes in family law.
Choosing the Best Custody Attorney
Now that you know a few tips for choosing the right attorney, it's time to make your choice.
If you're looking for lawyers with extensive experience in practicing family law and a passion for helping families through the process, contact us today.