In an effort to save money and/or end your marriage in the most amicable way possible, you may be questioning whether to hire an attorney for your divorce. To state it plainly, it’s not in your best interest to head into family court without a good divorce lawyer by your side. If there is a child custody issue involved, it is even more imperative that you have representation. Here are just a few reason why you should retain a lawyer to protect yourself and your children.
You never know what your spouse is thinking. Even if he or she has been telling you that things will be amicable and will be handled a certain way, you can’t risk your and your children’s futures on it. Your spouse could have a change of heart for any reason and begin to make unreasonable demands, or your spouse’s congenial manner could simply be a ruse to catch you off guard. Either way, it’s best to be prepared for any scenario by hiring a lawyer from the very beginning.
You need a lawyer to protect your interests regarding child support — no matter which side of the situation you might be on. If you are going to be the custodial parent, you have to be sure that enough child support is going to be granted that you can cover the reasonable needs of your children. On the other hand, if you will be the non-custodial parent, you want to ensure that you are providing proper care for your children without allowing your spouse to turn the figure into a financial punishment. By having a lawyer present, you can ensure that your interests and especially those of your children are secured.
You don’t want your past indiscretions to hurt your chances for custody. If there is something in your past that you aren’t proud of, such as a criminal conviction or a history of substance abuse, you can expect these things to be brought up in court. Your spouse’s attorney will use them to question your character and your ability to be a good parent. It is critical for you to have an attorney to push back. Your lawyer can correct any misrepresentations, show how you have grown and improved your life since your misdeeds and generally present you in the best possible light to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Meek Law Firm has successfully handled countless divorces and child custody cases over the years and we are prepared to represent you as well. For more information, contact attorney Jonathan Meek today to discuss the specifics of your divorce and child custody dispute. Call (704) 848-6335 or use the contact form on the right of this page to schedule a consultation appointment.