If you are about to embark on the emotional and stressful roller-coaster of a child custody battle, you may be wondering, “Do I need a lawyer for child custody?”
While you can legally make a go of it on your own, it’s not recommended.
Custody cases can be one of the most contentious and stressful parts of a divorce. More than likely, your ex already has an attorney, which puts you at a disadvantage from the start.
Here are five reasons why you need to hire an Austin child custody attorney.
1. A Child Custody Lawyer has Experience
One of the main reasons you need a lawyer for your child custody case is for the experience. Your attorney does this for a living, and you are paying them for their knowledge and expertise. They deal with family law matters on a daily basis, including cases that might be far more complex than yours.
This experience means they can handle the case better than you can, or even than an attorney who practices other types of law.
2. Familiarity with the Law and Courtroom Procedures
Because of their experience, an Austin child custody lawyer knows the family law statutes and what the courtroom procedures are. They will be confident in the courtroom and in front of the judge if it comes to that.
They may even have had cases with this judge before, which gives your attorney insight on how this judge typically rules or any potential issues that might arise. You won’t have that insight if you are representing yourself.
An attorney will also make sure all paperwork is filed timely and that requests from the other side are responded to, etc. If you make a mistake handling it yourself, it could be costly both in time and possibly losing custody.
3. Skilled Negotiators
Having someone on your side who negotiates against other attorneys for a living is an important reason to hire a lawyer. Given that most child custody battles are resolved through negotiation, it’s imperative to have a skilled negotiator on your side.
This can increase your chances of getting what you want and ensuring your rights are protected, while making sure the best interests or your children remain the top priority.
4. Benefit of Objectivity
No child custody battle is without emotion. People who once loved each other and were raising children together are now at each other’s throats over everything, including who will continue raising their children. You cannot be objective when handling your own child custody case.
Your attorney is an objective party who can handle the tough negotiations with the other side. If your ex has their own attorney and you are representing yourself, it can feel overwhelming and create even more stress and anxiety.
5. Setting Up Child Support
Part of any custody battle includes a discussion of child support. Your attorney can help with negotiations on determining a fair amount and ensure you are not overpaying, or the other side is not underpaying.
Trust a Skilled Austin Child Custody Lawyer
If you are going through a child custody battle, time is of the essence. Call the Law Office of Ben Carrasco, PLLC as soon as possible at 512-320-9126, or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.