WHEN FACED WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF A DIVORCE OR CUSTODY ISSUE, HERE ARE SPECIFIC REASONS WHY SEEING A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY RIGHT AWAY CAN SAVE YOU FROM PROBLEMS LATER:
A good family law attorney can discuss the different legal options you have when you face a domestic dispute. Is divorce the answer? Is there an alternative? How should I protect myself during reconciliation attempts? A family law attorney can give you information as to your options, even if you’re not sure about divorce. During a divorce, the families’ finances can be examined and divided by the Court. It is important to get legal advice as soon as possible to protect your financial future. If you have a will, living trust, life insurance policies, and other assets with named beneficiaries, it is important that you seek the advice of a lawyer as soon as possible to determine the effect a divorce may have on your estate planning. Many times waiting until someone has filed for a divorce is too late. During a family law dispute it is important to remember that the parents’ decisions and behavior can change the lives of their children. Parents need to be especially sensitive to their children during a custody battle. It is important that the children are not emotionally battered and dragged into the conflicts between their parents. A good lawyer can provide advice as to parenting plans that will work in the best interests of your children. In addition, a good lawyer can refer you to counselors and therapists who can help your family get through the difficult times.
A good family law lawyer should approach your case as a “problem solver,” not to escalate the issues between the parties. Seeking advice when the problems develop could make a difference in the future of your family. The decisions you make during a family law case can affect you and your children the rest of your lives. These decisions should not be made without being informed of your rights under the law. Costly mistakes can occur if you trust the other side to explain your rights under the law. Instead, you should educate yourself as to those rights through a consultation with a qualified family law attorney. Many attorneys provide consultations on an hourly basis without the necessity of a big retainer. You should get the information you need to make these very important decisions as soon as you can. Ignorance is not bliss. In family law, ignorance can cause great harm to your family, your assets and your finances.