Going through a child custody battle is never fun, but it doesn't mean that you have to have a lawyer for it. There are some instances when you can handle the dispute on your own. However, there are also situations that call for an attorney. Here are four reasons when you may need more than your own determination to get through a child custody battle and need to call on the assistance of a professional lawyer:
1. Your Ex-Spouse Has Hired an Attorney.
While it is true that you don't have to do everything your ex does, it may ring true in this particular case. If your ex has hired an attorney to work with them on their side of the child custody case, then it is time for you to think about hiring your own. If you haven't hired an attorney yet due to financial reasons, then it is important that you realize that there is usually free legal aid available and that there are often lawyers in your area that may consider taking your case pro bono.
2. Things Get More Complicated.
There are some instances when your child custody case can start out pretty simple, which doesn't warrant the need for an attorney, but then things get a bit more complicated as things progress, which can lead to the need for a lawyer. For example, if you and your ex-spouse start out with an agreement about joint custody, then all is well. However, as the case moves forward, your ex changes his or her mind and wants to pursue sole custody or your ex does something that prompts you to feel that he or she may not be as fit as you once believed to have joint custody.
3. Your Ex Is Attempting to Keep Your Kids from You.
While it is a sad thing to hear, see and deal with, some ex-spouses will try to prevent you from spending time with your kids by denying visits, limiting your contact, or simply canceling visits at the very last minute. If this is something that is happening to you, then it is definitely time to hire a child custody lawyer for representation.
4. You Think Your Children Could Be in Danger.
If you ever think that the safety of your children is on the line, then you must have legal representation. If you believe that the danger is immediate, don't hesitate to call 911. In addition, you may want to consider taking out a restraining order. You can discuss any concerns that you have, such as possible repercussions, with your attorney.
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