What are the Signs You Need to Hire a Child Custody Lawyer?


October 20, 2019, 3:49 am | Updated March 11, 2020, 4:05 pm IST
The telltale signs of hiring a Child Custody Lawyer has been discussed in detail covering all bases. For the uninitiated this blog is packed with information.
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If one is in a bind deciding whether a child custody lawyer actually ought to be hired one ought to know that representing oneself pro se is an option at all times. However, there are also times when even with the necessary grit and determination of representing oneself pro se does not cut it. There are seven similar scenarios when one ought to actually think long and hard about fighting the child custody case pro se without engaging an expert child custody lawyer.


Your Ex Has a Lawyer and you don’t


If one is already aware of one’s ex hiring a private child custody lawyer, then one ought to do the same. If funds are a constraint then looking for legal aid for free in one’s locality is an option. That sinking feeling of possibly losing the child custody case for lack of a lawyer representing one party while the other party may have hired a lawyer already isn’t desirable at all.


Further Complications of One’s Case


Oftentimes, at the outset, it may seem that the case is an open and shut case but over time complications arise. If for example, the ex-husband is aware that the ex-wife is having second thoughts about sharing child custody or if the ex-wife has suspicions that her ex-husband  would try and present a convincing argument that his ex-wife does not fit the bill to have her kids stay with her overnight before the court then these types of complications would be indicative of the need for hiring a child custody lawyer.


One’s Case across Jurisdictions


If the ex-husband lives in one state and the ex-wife in another or even in two different countries then one ought to consider hiring a lawyer to represent oneself. Even with a lawyer, one ought to do all one can to be conversant about the applicable child custody laws that may create an impact on one’s case, particularly if the case is an international case. For any inter-jurisdictional cases seeking counsel is generally recommended.


There is a Reason to Believe One’s Children Are in Danger


When it comes to ensuring that the safety of one’s kids is not in jeopardy then it’s absolutely crucial that one does not lose one’s child custody case and in the process incur skyrocketing costs. Furthermore, if at any time one believes that one’s children are in impending danger, then on ought to call the cops. In situations like these, one ought to also consider obtaining a restraining order. If one is worried about possible backlash, one could share one’s concerns with one’s lawyer. This is a circumstance demanding legally qualified representation.


Ex Preventing Visitation


If one’s ex attempts at limiting one’s contact with the kids, visits are denied, or if there are last-minute cancellations then one ought to hire an attorney to represent oneself. These sorts of behavioral patterns could be indicative of the requirement of hiring an expert lawyer representing either party.


The Court Orders Participation in Treatment or Take Classes


If the court requires either of the parties to the child custody case to undergo parenting or anger management classes or enrolling in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs then they are all looked upon by the courts as either of the parties being in a disadvantageous position.  In such situations, hiring a lawyer to represent oneself is the way to go.  The only exception would be if mandatory participation of both parents in parenting or anger management classes in one’s country or state is an integral part of any child custody proceeding. While uncommon, there are a few jurisdictions requiring some kind of parental education for child custody cases.


The Circumstances Have Altered Quite a Bit


Last but not least, if the circumstance of either of the ex-spouses has altered quite a bit then either of the parties could hire a child custody lawyer. If, for example, either of the parties is relocatingremarrying, or even living together, then it would probably be a brilliant idea to hire a lawyer rather than represent oneself pro se.


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Written By:
Avik  Chakravorty

Avik Chakravorty


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