How to Hire Baltimore Custody Attorneys
If you and the other parent of your children cannot work out a custody arrangement, it may be time to talk to a few Baltimore custody attorneys. But where do you find them? And how can you know which one is the right one for you? This article can help.
The steps to finding a good child custody lawyer are not difficult. Simply:
- Get the names of a few Baltimore custody attorneys
- Interview them
- Choose the best one for you
Let’s look at each step more closely.
Collecting Names of a Few Baltimore Custody Attorneys
You may not realize it, but you have several means of finding Baltimore child custody attorneys. You can canvas your friends, family members and neighbors. Surely you know someone who has gotten divorced. Maybe some among them had a difficult custody battle and needed an attorney to help them. If they did, ask them:
- What was it like working with your attorney?
- Did your attorney fight tough and strike an adversarial tone or try to coax cooperation from your ex?
- What did you think of the advice your attorney offered?
- Are you happy with the results?
- Can you recommend your attorney without reservation?
If your friends don’t have any referrals for you, you need another name for your list or you’d rather not discuss your custody battle with others, you have another resource right here. Attorneys.com offers a service that can put you in touch with a Baltimore custody lawyer near you.
Call us at 1-877-913-7222 or, if you prefer, you can fill out the short form on this website. We’ll have a few questions for you. Then, whether you are in Violetville, Taylor Heights or any spot in between, we’ll forward the name and number for at least one Baltimore child custody lawyer near you.
You may contact the attorney directly at your convenience, or the lawyer will call you within two business days.
Preparing to Interview Baltimore Child Custody Attorneys
Now that you have the name of at least one Baltimore child custody attorney, call the office to set up an initial consultation. This is a no-obligation, often-free, first meeting with a lawyer. At an initial consultation, you can learn about a lawyer’s background, discuss your custody case and plot a strategy.
But the most important bit of information you will learn is whether you want to hire that lawyer.
Because initial consultations can be brief, you’ll want to make the most of your time. Prepare for the meeting by composing some questions you’d like to ask. Put these questions down on paper and make sure you bring them, so you don’t forget to ask anything. Also bring along some extra writing material, so you can record the answers and jot down any notes you want to remember.
If you are alleging that your children are at risk of abuse in the custody of their other parent, you’ll want to bring along any paperwork that may document that, such as police reports, photographs or concerned letters from your children’s school.
Selecting a Baltimore Custody Lawyer
When you have met with all the Baltimore custody lawyers on your list, it’s time to select one. Did one seem particularly more knowledgeable? Did you prefer one’s advice over the others’? With which attorney were you most comfortable?
If you’re having a tough time deciding, ask your top contenders for the names and numbers of a few former clients. Ask them the same kinds of questions listed above for friends who had recommendations for you. This first-hand input should help you break any ties.
Once you have found the best Baltimore child custody attorney for you, you are ready to move forward and seek custody of your children.