When people first get married, they never think they will have to fight their spouse for custody of their children. Because they never planned on it, it’s hard to know who to hire for help when it’s needed. It is even hard to know where to start or what to ask. To make the process easier, here are three questions to ask any child custody attorney in Temecula before hiring them.
When interviewing lawyers for a custody battle, it is very important to ask the attorney how they intend to handle the case. When dealing with children, it is very important to know the attorney will always keep them in mind. A good way to see how they would handle the case is to ask the lawyer what their legal philosophies are when it comes to family law. The attorney’s philosophies should be similar to the clients. Similar philosophies will ensure a good working relationship between the attorney and client. If the philosophies do not match, the client should continue the search for the right lawyer.
The next question to ask is what the attorney’s professional opinion is regarding the case. Many attorneys want to hear the preliminary details before agreeing to take the case. This is the time to ask the attorney what they think the chances of a favorable outcome will be, how long they think the case will take, if they think it will need to go as far as court, or if it can be settled through mediation or arbitration.
Finally, it is important for the client to understand how the case will be managed. It is not uncommon for a lawyer to take the case but have a team of legal assistants deal with all the details of building a case. It will be important to know who will be the main point of contact. Not only should clients be aware of this, but they should also understand how often they will be contacted and communicated.
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