Why You Need An Attorney For Your Custody Case
At Reade Law Firm, PC, in Peabody, we work with many parents who find themselves stuck in seemingly impossible child custody battles. Neither side is willing to compromise, and the parents turn to us for help in obtaining their specific custody goals.
You and the co-parent may be attempting to work out an agreement on your own, but we want to discuss why it is so important to have an experienced attorney on your side to handle your custody case. If you wait too long to contact us for assistance, you could cause yourself serious problems that we will not be able to fix.
Your attorney understands the custody laws
Based upon a thorough review of your case, your attorney can help you determine how best to move forward. Maybe there is a better chance of you achieving your goals through negotiation with the other parent rather than going to court. Developing a strategy based on the strengths and weaknesses is a critically important step that you need to take full advantage of very early on in the process.
In Massachusetts, the courts are to make custody determinations on what they believe are in the child’s best interests. The court may consider many factors when analyzing each case, and it is important that you are familiar with these factors.
When you meet with your attorney, you will be able to answer questions about custody laws and understand more about how they may apply to your case. This gives you a chance to see what might happen and then evaluate the options available to you.
An attorney can best present your side of the story
When a child custody dispute ends up heading inside the courtroom, you and the co-parent may each have strong feelings about what should happen. You may each make your case with the court and focus on all the things that you feel the other parent is doing wrong. You may want to blame him or her for things falling apart because this is an emotional time, and it can be hard to keep emotions out of the proceedings.
It is important to tell your story, but you have to know how to present this information to the court. Judges do not really care about what happened in your relationship unless it could potentially impact the children.
Your lawyer can identify the most important issues in your case and build a strategy that highlights your specific concerns and pushes your requests forward. By framing your case in the best possible light, you can demonstrate why your ideas should be approved by the court.
You will have someone focused on the details
This is an often overlooked advantage to hiring an attorney for a custody case. While having representation at trial is an absolute must, it is also critically important to consult an attorney when you are attempting to negotiate a custody agreement with the other side.
When co-parents enter into custody agreements, they generally focus on the big picture. Who gets the kids when and which parent gets to make major decisions for the child? They don’t really think about what happens when disputes arise. When parents can’t agree about school or extracurricular activities, how is the matter handled? If agreements are not conclusive, each and every little thing could become a much more serious problem, which only hurts the children in the long run.
Call Our Office For More Information
If you have a custody case, we can help you understand the specific issues that must be addressed before making any final decisions. Call 978-767-4667 or send us an email to arrange your free consultation with an experienced lawyer.