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How to Select a Child Support Attorney
Have you come to a child custody agreement but are still arguing over child support? Has your financial situation--or that of your ex-spouse--changed in recent months? Is your ex behind on child payments? If you've answered yes to any of those questions, you may need to hire a child support attorney.
It's important to understand that not all attorneys handle child support issues. Even the attorney who's handling your divorce may not do child support work. If this is the case, you'll want to consider hiring a lawyer who focuses on support-related issues.
If you don't already have the names of potential lawyers, Attorneys.com can be a great place to start. Our service will help connect you with a child support 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 lawyer in your area. This attorney will contact you within two business days, or feel free to contact the attorney at your convenience.
At the First Meeting
Once you've spoken to the attorney, you can make an appointment for a preliminary meeting, called an initial consultation. This is your opportunity to get to know the attorney, learn more about his or her background and experience, and give an overview of your dispute.
During this first meeting, ask about the attorney's qualifications, his opinion about your dispute, and how much you can expect to pay to resolve the issue. Consider asking:
- What kind of experience do you have handling child support cases?
- What are the potential outcomes in my case?
- Are you available to handle my case?
- What are your billing rates?
- Can you give me an estimate of the total cost to resolve my case, including fees and other costs?
- How would you handle a case like mine?
- If necessary, are you experienced working with the attorney general's office on child support enforcement issues?
How Much Does a Child Support Attorney Cost?
Most lawyers charge an hourly fee for their work. An attorney's billing rate can vary depending on experience, the type of legal work being performed and your geographic location. Lawyers in some parts of the country charge hourly rates as low as $100, but more typically attorneys charge several hundred dollars an hour, or more. Some lawyers will charge a flat fee for simple legal matters.
During your first meeting, ask for a list of estimated costs as well as billing and payment terms. Also ask the attorney whether he or she requires a retainer, which is a deposit that is applied to future legal bills.
Selecting an Attorney
When hiring an attorney, you must do your research, but you'll ultimately have to rely on gut instinct. Do you feel comfortable with this attorney? If you feel as if you can trust the lawyer's legal advice and comfortably work together, then you've probably found the right attorney to handle your case.