There is no easy way to manage a divorce. Whether you and your partner are on amicable terms or have trouble even being in the same room together, divorce is a messy, complicated process. This is especially true when children are part of the equation.
But how do you know when it’s time to bring in a professional to help you mediate child support? Below are some tips on how to judge when it’s time to hire a lawyer specializing in child support to help your case.
Is Your Child in Danger?
It goes without saying, if you feel that you or your children are in danger, you absolutely need to hire a lawyer to handle the child support proceedings. In a high-stakes situation such as this, it is imperative that you have a qualified lawyer on your side who can ensure that not only do you get full custody of your child but that you get a fair shake when it comes to financial costs. For any kind of violence or physical abuse, it is also important for you to file a restraining order. Your lawyer can also assist you in filing this paperwork.
Are There Unforeseen Complications?
Sometimes the circumstances of your divorce case change as you go through the process. If your partner has a change of heart and wants to change the terms you initially agreed to in regard to custody or support, it’s best to hire a lawyer to prevent the situation from getting out of hand and to ensure you get an arrangement that is mutually agreeable.
Did Your Ex-Spouse Move Across State Lines or to Another Country?
If you or your ex-spouse end up moving across state lines or to other countries, the crossing of jurisdictions can complicate matters. Not only is it wise for you to research child custody and support laws in your new state or country of residence, but it’s also advisable to seek a lawyer who is familiar with the laws in your area to help you handle any tricky situations that may arise.
Court Ordered Treatment or Classes Are Involved
For those that have been ordered to enter any kind of drug or alcohol treatment program or mandated to take courses for issues such as anger management, the road is more difficult. These types of issues are a disadvantage to you in the eyes of the judge. A good family lawyer can help you navigate this so that you both get the help you need and get to stay a part of your child’s life.
Your Ex Has Hired Outside Counsel
Perhaps when you initially discussed divorce you and your partner tried to do things amicably on your own. However, if your ex-spouse has hired a lawyer it is to your benefit to do the same. A family lawyer is an expert in the child custody and support laws in your state. They are trained professionals who make arguments on behalf of their clients all day long. If your ex has retained a lawyer, you do not want to have to go up against this lawyer yourself. Seek someone in your area who is an expert in family law to help you in this situation.
When You Need Child Support Attorneys
Now that you know the reasons why you may want to hire a child support attorney, it is important to understand what they do. While there is no law stating that you must hire a lawyer to handle child custody or support, lawyers specializing in this field can make the tumultuous process of divorce go more smoothly.
There are agencies that not only help you file the paperwork necessary for a child support agreement but also help with enforcement. A child support attorney can do all of this with the added benefit of handling the complex process for you and being a buffer between you and your ex so that you can keep emotion out of the courtroom. Additionally, hiring an expert like a child support attorney means that they know the laws and correct procedures to help you get the result you want quicker. Since they work in family law, they are more likely to know judges who may work your case which is advantageous as they can they employ the right tactic and arguments to help you succeed.
Contact The Law Offices of Segal Duffek Moen
Divorce is a huge transition and a complicated affair. If you are worried about your children being dragged into the mix, talk to a family law attorney today. At Segal Duffek Moenl, PLLC, you can expect compassionate, dedicated counsel. Our goal is to help you get an equitable result so that you are free to focus on raising your child. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.