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How to Hire a New York Child Custody Lawyer



You may feel worried or anxious if you're involved in a child custody dispute. As a parent, this is entirely understandable. You're probably concerned about your child's welfare, and you may not look forward to a dispute with your child's other parent. Consider hiring a New York child custody lawyer to represent you in your dispute. A lawyer can help guide you through the legal maze and advise you about the best course of action.

When hiring a lawyer, personal recommendations can be invaluable. If you have friends or family members who have had custody disputes, ask if they would recommend their New York custody lawyers. However, if you are unable to get personal recommendations, you've come to the right place. Attorneys.com offers a service to connect you with New York custody lawyers in your area.

To begin the process, fill out the form on this page or call us at 1-877-913-7222. We'll ask you a few questions about your legal issue. Then we'll connect you with a New York child custody lawyer in your area-regardless of whether you live in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo or elsewhere in the state.

The attorney will contact you within two business days, or you can call him or her at your convenience.

Interviewing New York Child Custody Attorneys

Choosing an attorney is a bit like choosing a doctor or dentist. You're entrusting this professional with a very important legal matter, and you want someone who has the necessary skills to handle your case. You probably also want someone with whom you feel comfortable and someone you trust. After all, you will be relying on their advice and suggestions through the case.

Schedule an initial consultation with each lawyer you might potentially hire. An initial consultation is your opportunity to get to know each lawyer and familiar them with the specifics of your case.

Prior to the meeting, you should spend some time making some notes about things you'd like to discuss during the meeting and questions you'd like to ask. Among the topics to discuss:

  • The attorney's professional background, skills, experience, and familiarity with New York custody law
  • The attorney's recommended strategy for handling your New York child custody case
  • The attorney's legal fees, and the total estimated cost to handle your case

Keep in mind that anything you discuss during this meeting will be kept confidential, even if you ultimately end up hiring a different New York child custody lawyer.

Selecting a New York Child Custody Lawyer

Once you've finished meeting with potential attorneys, take some time to review your notes from each meeting. If any attorney doesn't have the necessary skills to handle your case, you'll want to eliminate them from consideration. Also eliminate any attorneys you can't afford to hire. Then think about how comfortable you felt with each New York custody lawyer. Ultimately, you want to hire someone you trust. Is there one who stands out? When you've found that lawyer, you're ready to move forward with your New York child custody case.