How to Select a Lawyer for Visitation Negotiations
If you have minor children and are getting a divorce, you'll need to negotiate with your spouse to reach a child custody agreement. Some couples are able to negotiate with one another and reach an agreement they're both happy with. Other couples will need lawyers to assist them with all or part of the negotiations. If all else fails, a judge will make the decisions for you. If you need assistance negotiating or modifying your visitation schedule, then a visitation lawyer can assist you.
Child custody arrangements are serious legal issues, and the negotiations are not something to be taken casually. You may have to live with your custody agreement and visitation schedules for years, so it pays to hire a lawyer to guide you through the process.
If you have friends or family members who have previously dealt with child custody and visitation issues, you may have the names of several child custody and visitation lawyers. But if you're still looking for the names of additional attorneys, you've come to the right place. Attorneys.com is an service that can connect you with a child custody lawyer in your area.
To start the process, call us at 1-877-913-7222 or complete the form on our site. We'll ask you a few simple questions, then we'll provide you with the name and contact information of a child custody attorney in your area. The lawyer will contact you within two business days, or feel free to contact the lawyer at your convenience.
Meeting the Visitation Lawyer
Once you've made contact with an attorney, you'll want to schedule an initial consultation. This meeting, which can be held in person or over the phone, gives you an opportunity to get to know the lawyer, and to tell him or her about your case. You'll want to use this meeting to decide whether you would feel comfortable hiring the attorney to work on your visitation issue.
Before the meeting, take some time to write down questions that you'd like to ask the attorney. Among the questions to consider:
- Do you have prior experience working on child custody and visitation issues?
- Have you previously handled cases similar to mine?
- How do you generally approach this kind of case?
- How would you describe your style of work or philosophy toward custody and visitation cases?
- What is your hourly rate, and what do you estimate would be the total legal bill, including other fees and expenses?
Making a Decision
Once you've had the chance to talk to a visitation attorney, take some time after the meeting to think about how he or she answered your questions. Did you feel comfortable with the attorney? Do you think the lawyer would do a good job representing you? Can you afford to pay the legal fees?
After you've had a chance to review the conversations, you're ready to select a lawyer. Child custody and visitation negotiations are serious legal issues, and you want to hire a lawyer you trust to do a great job representing your interests.