Services Offered By A Custody Lawyer
Lawyers that work with parental guardians to persuade a court that their client is better fit to take care of a child is referred to as a custody lawyer. The charges of lawyers that work with parental guardians to persuade a court that their client is better fit to take care of a child are either paid by the hour or have a flat fee. In custody cases there are some ways in which the parent is deemed unfit. As a custody lawyer its important to carry out research in which the criteria for an unfit parent and its found in the family or juvenile codes while at the same time visit state courts websites or online service providers to review the requirements in your state. 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 are types of evidences which show case the other parent as being unfit.
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. Scheduling an appointment with a medical and mental profession may be required in order to evaluate a child but is dependent on the court’s ruling. 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. Custody lawyers download the following appropriate forms which are either a petition for custody form or a motion to modify child custody order.
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. Aside from filling in the general information 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.
After all these is done the forms are filed including any attachments and sent to the appropriate court that is either the family or juvenile court which is checked in the state regulations and also the location in which the child resides. 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. The next is availability in that they are easily found to follow up genuinely concerning a particular case. Custody attorneys who are caring are required when handling a client’s case.