Services Offered By A Custody Lawyer
The work role of custody attorney is to work with parental guardians in order to persuade a court that their client is better fit to take care of a child. The price of custody lawyers is either a flat fee or a pay by the hour. Some ways have been realized in proving the parent is unfit to raise the child. Not only do custody lawyers carry out research in order to find out if the parent is unfit through use of family or juvenile codes but also they visit state courts websites or online service providers to review the requirements in your state. The next step is to gather evidence that proves the parent is unfit and they include photographs, video and audio files of physical or verbal abuse, medical files documenting injuries, the parents criminal record and direct correspondence between petitioner and the other parent.
Evidence that is strong and unbiased is required in order to rule a parent unfit as courts tend to protect the parent-child relationship and will not rule a parent unfit without concrete evidence. Depending on the court’s ruling a child may need to be evaluated by a medical and mental profession. In addition consent by both parents may be required in order for the child to be evaluated. Custody lawyers download the appropriate forms from the appropriate state court websites or an online documentation provider. Petition for custody form or a motion to modify child custody order are the forms downloaded by custody lawyers.
The form is then completed and it includes filling of general information such as parental contact, related court cases, current living arrangement, child’s name, birth date and reason for petition or modification. The grounds of unfitness claim are also included and the evidence complied to substantiate your claim after which its signed and copies of the form made.
The location of the child determines where the court will be and state regulations determine whether the case is either family or juvenile case in which its done when the forms are filed including any attachments and sent. Reviewing the service process rules for the relevant court is done by custody lawyers.
There are several quality traits to being an effective custody lawyer which involves good communication skills. Also custody lawyers need to have good people skills by acquiring over the years in their course work and practical’s in which they are able to relate well with different clients. Custody lawyers who are accessible are able to keep in touch with their clients and regularly update them on their case. Every verdict has an impact and custody lawyers need to be wary and should show concern or care when handling the case.