The majority of cases that our firm handles are contested. Usually, clients come into our office because they have difficulty resolving custody issues with the other parent. Sometimes, even when parents have already attempted to discuss a child custody matter between themselves, they are unable to find common ground. When these disagreements arise, our clients look for our legal representation and assistance.
Disputes can be highly complicated, especially if there’s an extensive history to the parent’s dynamic. Many times, that history predates when the child was even born. As an attorney, figuring out which parts of that history are relevant to the custody determination is critical to counseling clients. Parents commonly believe that the other parent is neglectful of the child or can’t provide the same type of lifestyle or opportunity they can. They may think that the other parent might not be able to attend to the child’s needs the same way they can. Navigating these concerns while paying close attention to the client’s needs is vital to providing the best solutions to the client’s problems.
Can We And Should We Keep Our Custody Disputes And Arrangements Outside Of The Courtroom If Possible?
Most people don’t enjoy being in the courtroom as it can be very stressful for both parties. Sometimes litigation is necessary, and that’s part of the reason you need an attorney. If you can find a way to agree with the other party, doing so will save you a lot of time, stress, and money.
Litigation takes up lots of time. In most cases, you don’t get into Court immediately and it can take several months before the first hearing in your case. To get to the final merits trial in your case, it can take anywhere from 6 – 12 months, if not more. In contrast, the parties can bring the case to an end much more quickly by finding an agreement. Obtaining the best possible agreement and understanding the legal consequences of your agreement is critical, which is why you need experienced counsel to represent you in these matters.
Is It Beneficial To Parents To Avoid Having A Judge Or Court Decide Final Custody Matters, If Possible?
Oftentimes, the main reason people want to take their case to trial is to have their story heard by a Judge. Many people feel that explaining their case to a Judge will validate their story. However, there is a lot at stake when cases go to trial and it is important that you understand the risks involved before doing so. When a case goes to trial, each party is entrusting the Judge with an enormous amount of authority and that the Judge will agree with their version of events. While trial is sometimes necessary when the parties cannot agree on the issues at hand, weighing the risks involved is critical to a proper assessment of your case.
One of the primary benefits of coming to an agreement is maintaining some level of control over the outcome of your case. Clients often feel that they have received a huge benefit by keeping the outcome of the case within their control. As our client’s trust legal advisor, we will counsel clients on the benefits of both coming to an agreement and the pros and cons of pursuing litigation.
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