Whether you’re going through a divorce or facing a difficult family situation, the process of determining child custody is a pressure-filled, emotional journey. In such intense scenarios, it’s natural to second-guess nearly every decision, worried it might somehow make a bad situation worse. However, there are crucial signs to keep an eye out for that could indicate it’s time to hire a child custody attorney.
If you’re noticing these signs, don’t second-guess yourself and don’t hesitate to hire a child custody attorney. In any case, it’s another person in your corner available to offer advice and a clear head in a difficult time.
Your Ex Hired One
The first, and perhaps biggest, red flag in child custody proceedings is whether your ex-partner has hired their own child custody attorney. Regardless of whether you and the other party were legally married, if it was a long-term partner or possibly the child’s grandparent or other figure, the second they decide to lawyer-up is the moment you should make that call, too.
You may want the proceedings to go smoothly and fear that hiring a child custody attorney could rock the boat even further but opting to continue without one leaves you exposed to a variety of challenges down the line – especially if the other party is receiving legal advice.
Your Case Crosses Jurisdictions
In the event your case crosses state or country borders, you’ll likely want to hire a child custody attorney to level the playing field. They will better understand the state-specific sanctions and those that are considered at the federal level when a case crosses a state border.
Whether the other party seeking custody lives one state over or in another country, a child custody attorney will be well equipped to handle the proceedings across border lines to ensure you are properly represented. Still, you should do all you can to read up on and understand your state’s specific child custody laws, so you’re as prepared as possible.
You Believe Your Child is in Danger
If you believe your child(ren) might be in danger, do not hesitate to secure a child custody attorney. Without following the proper legal channels, it may be difficult and nearly impossible to remove your child from a dangerous situation as quickly as needed. Having someone in your corner to fight for the safety of your children on your behalf is also a good way to establish credibility and garner support, as well as gain legal standing when trying to obtain custody quickly.
Certainly, if you believe your child is in immediate danger, you should call 9-1-1. A child custody attorney can also help get a restraining order and prepare you for any possible repercussions that may come from the other party’s side.
You’re Taking Court-Mandated Classes
If you’re in required parenting or anger management classes, or if you’re in an alcohol- or drug-related class, the court may already have a negative view of you in relation to the other party. Securing a child custody attorney to represent you is your best chance of regaining any credible or moral ground lost in the eyes of the court.
They can reestablish your credibility and fight your case effectively on your behalf. You’re taking these classes to get better, whatever the condition, and that’s is what you’ll need to be heavily emphasized.
Find a Child Custody Attorney You Can Trust
The fight for child custody can turn dark and lonely very quickly. Take the initiative and ensure you have someone on your side with a child custody attorney. The relationship needs to be built on trust and finding the right attorney can take time. You’ll want to work with someone with whom you align on a personal basis and someone who understands your unique case and situation.
Daniele Johnson & Associates is proud to protect what matters most to you, and we’re here to counsel you through difficult situations like seeking child custody. If you’re looking for help, call us today at 470-746-6485 or schedule a consultation online and start getting your peace of mind back.