HOW TO FIND CHILD SUPPORT ATTORNEY
Selecting a good child support attorney can be challenging, especially given many highly emotional issues that arise during child custody proceedings. Parents looking for a child custody attorney should use the resources listed below to find experienced, qualified candidates.
Seeking references from others is the best resource for parents looking for information on a good child custody attorney. Important references for child custody attorneys to obtain include:
- Inquiring with friends and family
- Seeking counsel from court clerks at the courthouse
- Inquiring with other parents, including strangers, who have cases at the child support office.
- Referrals can be made through the state bar association.
- Depending on your state, some courts may maintain an attorney network.
Before hiring a child custody attorney, single parents should conduct an interview with them. Some questions to consider are:
- Personality and Style – A single parent wants to make sure that an attorney has the same personality and style as him or her. It doesn’t have to be identical, but a single parent should find the attorney approachable because there will be many questions along the way.
- Experience with Your Type of Case – A single parent should select an attorney who has handled and won cases similar to his or hers. A single parent should also be aware of how long it may take for their case to be resolved.
- Fee Structure – A single parent should find out whether the attorney charges a retainer or by the hour.
A single parent wants to know if a child custody attorney will provide a free consultation. A free consultation can help a parent determine whether or not he or she will be able to work with the attorney.
A single parent who cannot afford a paid attorney may be eligible for a court-appointed attorney. A court-appointed attorney will act in the same capacity as a paid attorney to represent the single parent.
4. Resources for Researching the Attorney’s Reputation
A parent can check an attorney’s reputation using several resources, including:
Examine your state’s attorney directory. The attorney directory will inform a parent if an attorney is in good standing with the state bar or if their attorney’s license has been suspended, and if so, why. Most states require attorneys to disclose this information to potential clients. Furthermore, an attorney does not have right to practice law in states where their license has suspicions
If a single parent lives in a smaller community, an attorney’s reputation is likely to be famous in that community. Parents can talk to someone else or several people in the community about hiring an attorney.
5. Fire a Child Support Attorney Who Does Not Meet Your Expectations
Don’t be concerned about making a blunder. If your agreement with your attorney is no longer effective or does not meet your needs, release the attorney from his or her duties and start looking for a new child custody attorney.
Parents should also consult additional resources on child custody lawyers for more information, or they can speak with a member of their State Bar Association.