When you have a legal issue involving child custody, you need help from a child custody lawyer. Getting or keeping custody of your child can be an extremely stressful process. While your priority is spending time with your child, it may feel like your ex or the legal system is getting in the way. Having a lawyer can lower some of your stress about the custody case. In addition, your lawyer can assist you with navigating the legal system, informing you of your legal rights, and even coming up with creative solutions for custody issues.
Your Child Custody Lawyer Works with You in Every Aspect of Your Custody Case
If you are working and busy caring for your child, you may find a child custody dispute stressful. You don’t have time to go back and forth with the child’s other parent about who spends which weekend with the child. Moreover, you may feel that you are getting the worse end of the deal, simply because you do not have the time or energy to negotiate. Fortunately, a child custody lawyer can help alleviate this burden. It is your lawyer’s duty to advise you of your legal rights and options, help you develop a custody plan that meets your needs and your child(ren)’s needs, draft and process any necessary paperwork, and represent you in court if needed.
Your Child Custody Lawyer Will Help You Navigate the Legal System
When you are in a custody dispute, you may struggle to navigate the legal system. The laws regarding child custody allow a lot of room for interpretation. For example, a judge in charge of reviewing a child custody case has the ability to award custody based on many different factors. There is no law that says a particular person must receive custody. Instead, the judge reviews the evidence presented about the parents’ or relatives’ circumstances and the child’s needs. The decision should be based on the best interests of the child, not the parents. That is why it is extremely important for you to get a lawyer who can determine how to present your case. Your lawyer can assist you with gathering evidence and filing the necessary documents with the court. If you want to make the best case possible for the custody of your child, hiring a lawyer is a good first step.
Your Child Custody Lawyer Can Inform You of Your Rights
Not all parents seeking custody know their rights. For example, a parent who does not have primary custody may not be aware that he or she is entitled to some form of visitation with their child by law. The court decides when, where, and for how long the non-custodial parent gets visitation. Conversely, a parent who has sole custody of a child may not realize that the non-custodial parent could receive visitation or shared custody, even if he or she is irresponsible or even abusive. If you want to seek visitation, or if your ex is suddenly requesting custody, you need a lawyer. Your lawyer can evaluate your individual situation and advise you of your rights. For example, you may have the right to a hearing before a judge who will decide your custody issue.
Your Child Custody Lawyer Can Find Solutions to Custody Issues
Child custody conflicts sometimes require creative solutions. When you hire an experienced child custody lawyer, he or she will have handled many challenging cases. By working with a family law attorney, you will get the benefit of experience, which can lead to a nuanced view of how to resolve your case. For example, child custody cases are not always resolved in court. Your lawyer may be able to negotiate a settlement with the other parent using an alternative dispute resolution method such as mediation. In mediation, the parents and/or their attorneys work with an impartial mediator to talk through their conflict. The mediator will ask questions or make suggestions in a non-confrontational and neutral environment to help the parties work towards a resolution. Arranging a mediation is only one of many creative ways that a child custody lawyer could help you.
Let New Direction Family Law Assist You
If you need the help of a child custody lawyer, the team at New Direction Family Law is prepared to review your case. Our North Carolina attorneys have decades of combined legal experience, preparing us to work for your best outcome. We are knowledgeable, effective, creative, and compassionate professionals proudly serving clients in Wake, Johnston, and Durham counties. Contact New Direction Family Law today by visiting our website or calling (919) 646-6561 to schedule a consultation.