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When should I hire a custody lawyer?

by | Apr 24, 2022

If you are considering a custody lawyer, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. This decision is a big one, and you want to make sure that you are making the correct one for your family. 

There are many factors to consider when choosing a custody lawyer, and the following will help guide you in the process.

What is a custody lawyer?

First let’s define what a custody lawyer is. A custody lawyer is an attorney who specializes in family law and helps clients resolve disputes pertaining to the care of their children. That includes child custody and visitation rights, paternity rights, and adoption proceedings.

A custody lawyer can provide you with invaluable advice and guidance throughout your custody case. They will work with you to negotiate an agreement in your children’s best interests, or they can represent you in court if a settlement cannot be reached.

When do I need a custody lawyer?

There are several scenarios where it may be necessary to hire a custody lawyer.

1. You are considering a divorce with the parent of your child.

The most obvious time to consider hiring a custody lawyer is when you are considering a divorce from your children’s other parent. If you are facing the prospect of a divorce, then it is essential to have legal representation to protect your rights and interests and those of your children.

2. You were never married to the parent of your child and now want custody.

In some states, unmarried fathers have limited rights when it comes to their children. A lawyer can help ensure that you can exercise your rights as a parent and that your children may have a relationship with you. If you were never married to your children’s other parent, you might still need a custody lawyer if you are seeking custody or visitation rights.

3. There is a dispute between the parents over custody or visitation.

If you’re already divorced or were never married to the other parent, there may still be times when you need a custody lawyer. If you and the other parent cannot agree on a custody arrangement, you may need a lawyer to help you reach an agreement or represent you in court if the matter goes to trial.

Additionally, even if you have an existing custody agreement, you may need to hire a lawyer in the event of a dispute over its terms or if one of the parents violates it.

How do I choose a custody lawyer?

Now that you know when you need a custody lawyer, how do you choose the right one for your family? It would be best to choose a lawyer you can trust to represent your interests and who has the experience and knowledge to handle your case.

Do your research, schedule consultations with several lawyers, and ask them any questions you may have. Some things to consider when choosing a custody lawyer include:

  • The lawyer’s experience in family law and child custody cases
  • The lawyer’s success rate in custody cases
  • How approachable and responsive the lawyer is
  • The lawyer’s fees and how they are billed
  • Make sure that you feel comfortable with the lawyer you choose and confident in their ability to represent you.

Get Started Today

If you live in the eastern Wisconsin area and require legal assistance, contact Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. today to schedule a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys can help you with all aspects of your custody case, from negotiating an agreement to representing you in court.

Feel free to phone us at (262) 250-1976 or contact us online to reclaim your family.

Written by Linda Vanden Heuvel

Linda is a skilled litigator but also has the ability to negotiate favorable settlements on behalf of her clients. She saves her clients time, money, and emotional distress through settlement negotiations.
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