Child custody is complicated, but do I really need a lawyer?

Any parent who is going through a child custody battle can tell you that it is no walk in the park. Not only is it emotionally challenging for you, your partner and your child, it is a complex legal process that most men and women have never encountered.

Some parents attempt to navigate the court system on their own, without the help of a lawyer. They reason that their custody case is fairly simple and that they will save some much-needed money. But forgoing the counsel of a lawyer in your custody battle may not be a wise decision.

The expense can be worth it

One of the main reasons that deters people from hiring a lawyer is the cost. Yes, many lawyers have hefty prices tags. But the expense of a professional, experienced lawyer can be worth it in the long run. A child custody case is not something on which to cut costs. It will affect you and your children for many years to come. It is often worth it to bite the bullet and pay for a lawyer.

Your case is more complex than you think

Even if you feel that your case is relatively simple, there is always the chance that new complications could pop up, extending the length of your case and racking up expenses. An attorney can help you deal with these issues—or even circumvent them completely. Rather than encounter headache-inducing complications and deal with them on your own, you can hire a lawyer to address them in the first place.

Your lawyer will fight for your case

A custody case involves much more than simply showing up in court, stating your custody preferences and hoping the judge grants them. In a court of law, you can benefit greatly from having an advocate on your side to help you navigate the system. When you are fighting for custody of your child, you must use every single tool available. A lawyer is ammunition in your corner to help you reach the custody decision that you want.

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