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How to Hire a North Carolina Custody Lawyer
North Carolina custody disputes can be stressful even in the best circumstances. As a parent, it's natural to be concerned about your child's well being. Add to that the tension that may arise when dealing with your child's other parent, and it's a recipe for an emotionally-charged situation. But North Carolina custody lawyers can hold your hand, offer advice, and guide you through the legal process.
If a friend or family member has recently used a North Carolina child custody lawyer, ask whether they'd recommend their attorney. If you don't know anyone who can offer a personal suggestion or you don't feel comfortable asking for one, then you've come to the right place. Whether you live in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro or elsewhere in North Carolina, Attorneys.com can connect you with a North Carolina custody attorney in your area.
Simply fill out the form on this page or call 1-877-913-7222 to start the process. We'll ask a few questions about your legal issue, then connect you with a North Carolina child custody attorney in your area. You can reach out to the attorney at your convenience, or the lawyer will call you within two business days.
Hiring a North Carolina Custody Lawyer
Hiring an attorney isn't something to be taken lightly. Before selecting an attorney, you should schedule initial consultations with all of the North Carolina custody lawyers you're considering for the job. This short meeting is designed to familiarize the lawyer with your case and give you an opportunity to learn more about the lawyer. Some attorneys will charge for the initial consultation, while other lawyers offer it for free. Be sure to ask when scheduling the meeting, so you're not caught off guard.
Prior to the meeting, take some time to make notes about what you'll want to discuss during each meeting. You'll want to describe the basics of your child custody case, so write down the essential details. You'll also want to learn more about the attorney's skills and experience handling cases similar to yours. Among the topics you may want to discuss:
- The attorney's educational background, professional skills, and familiarity with North Carolina child custody law
- The lawyer's recommended strategy for handling your custody case
- How the attorney charges for his or her services, and an estimate of the total cost of handling your child custody case
The attorney is obligated to keep your conversation confidential, even if you ultimately hire a different North Carolina child custody lawyer.
Selecting a North Carolina Custody Attorney
After you've finished your initial consultations, you'll want to take some time to think about how each meeting went. Are there one or two lawyers who stood out from the rest? You want to assess a few factors when selecting a lawyer, including their experience, skills, strategy, and cost. But you also want to hire an attorney you can trust and one you feel confident will do the best job handling your North Carolina custody case.