7 Ways a Father’s Rights Attorney Can Prepare You for Court
1. Child Custody
The most common reason that fathers go to family court is that they want to spend time with their children. If your ex-partner is not allowing you to see your kids on a regular basis, you will need the court to help you determine a schedule that allows you adequate parenting time with your kids. You will also need an experienced attorney to help you to either determine a schedule with your ex or to represent your interests and needs in front of the judge.
There are typically formulas for determining where children live and how much time they spend with each parent. This involves factors such as where the kids go to school and the work schedules of the parents. If you and your ex can agree on a child custody arrangement, then the court will usually honor that agreement. However, the court will decide the custody arrangement and the visitation schedule if the parents cannot come to an agreement.
2. Child Support
While the court will use a formula to determine child support, the parties may also negotiate their own arrangement for this matter. If you are attempting to negotiate child support payments with your ex-partner, you will want an attorney helping you understand how much is an appropriate payment. Your attorney can also advise you on the best way to negotiate and come to an agreement that works for both parties.
3. Holiday Visitation
There are other similar details that you may not remember when you are coming up with a child custody agreement. An example might be the child’s birthday or another day that is special to your family. An experienced attorney will remember to ask you about these important details to make sure that the custody agreement includes everything.
If your ex-partner has hired a lawyer, then you will be negotiating with that person most of the time. The other lawyer is likely to be an experienced negotiation and may be tough when it comes to getting the most for your ex. That is why you need a tough negotiator on your side as well. Experienced attorneys know how to negotiate an agreement. They know when it’s the right time to be flexible and the right time to be strong.
5. Trial Skills
Your attorney will know what it is like to speak in front of a judge and will have an understanding of what the court wants to hear in order to make a ruling in your favor. You do not want to have to rely on yourself for representation in a courtroom, so it’s important that you have a competent attorney who can influence the court to make decisions that are in your children’s best interests and that allow you to see and spend time with your kids.
Your attorney will also be able to prepare you for what is coming next in the case, so you have a heads-up when it comes to understanding what will be expected of you next. It’s always better to know what is happening in advance so you can be adequately prepared.
7. Objective Viewpoint
Having an experienced attorney on your side is the most important thing you can do for yourself when you are fighting a child custody case in family court. In order to fight for your rights, you need someone representing you who knows the law and how to work within the confines of the court system. If you are involved in a child custody case, contact us at the Skillern Firm in Houston, TX so we can help you plan your strategy for getting the outcome that you and your children deserve.