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When should you hire a child custody lawyer?

On Behalf of | Nov 7, 2020 | Child Custody

For divorced parents in Pennsylvania, figuring out a fair child custody agreement can be challenging. If you’re lucky, you might be able to settle the matter out of court. But if the situation becomes hostile, it might be time to hire an attorney. Here’s when you should think about having legal representation to settle your case.

When should you hire an attorney to settle a child custody dispute?

If you suspect that your former spouse is an unfit parent, you should hire an attorney. You’ll need solid evidence and strong representation to prove that your former spouse shouldn’t have custody of your child. An attorney can help you gather evidence and advise you against doing anything that might escalate the situation. They can even help you file a restraining order in extreme situations.

You should also hire an attorney if your former spouse is keeping you from seeing your children. An attorney can help you bring up the issue in court and make the case that you should be allowed to see your kids. Your attorney can also represent you if your ex-spouse is planning on taking your children away from you altogether.

Additionally, you should hire an attorney if the child custody situation abruptly changes. For example, your former spouse might be amicable at the start of the discussions, then change their mind and decide they want to file for sole custody. An attorney can help you stay ahead of the case and tackle whatever challenges might arise.

What else can an attorney do for you?

Family law attorneys may be able to help you with a wide range of divorce disputes. They might help you negotiate for child support and seek a favorable division of marital property.