Top 5 Signs You Need an Attorney for Child Custody

While some well-meaning people might tell you that you don’t need an attorney for child custody if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are agreeable, the truth is that most people will fight tooth and nail for custody.

There are five signs to help you determine if you should hire an attorney for your child custody case.

  1. Your ex has an attorney. If you know that your ex-spouse has hired a child custody lawyer, then the chances are that they are gearing up for full custody or they expect a battle for whatever they are going to ask for. If your ex has an attorney, you will want one as well.

  2. Your case involves different jurisdictions. If your ex lives in a different state or a different country, then you will want to hire an attorney. This is especially true if your ex lives out of the country and wants visitation rights. You will need someone who knows international laws.

  3. If your child is in danger. If you believe your child or children are in danger when they are with your ex, you will want an experienced attorney to ensure your child’s safety. If you think you or your children are in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1 immediately. A qualified attorney can help you obtain a restraining order, if necessary. This type of situation always requires the help of an experienced attorney.

  4. If the court demands you take classes or receive treatment. If your divorce case requires you to enroll in classes such as anger management or if you are required to enroll in AA or other drug/alcohol treatment programs, you are already at a significant disadvantage. You should have an attorney present to represent you and demonstrate to the court your efforts and determination to be the best possible parent.

  5. If you are not able to see your children. If your ex is limiting or preventing you from visiting your children, you will need an attorney to stop this behavior and ensure that you get the visitation rights you deserve, and your children need.