Useful Services By Custody Lawyers
The work role of custody attorney is to work with parental guardians in order to persuade a court that their client is better fit to take care of a child. 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. In order to prove that the other is unfit the following are evidences that can be used; 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.
The evidence presented is required to be strong and unbiased 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. So that a child is evaluated then consent from both parents is required. Custody lawyers download the appropriate forms from the appropriate state court websites or an online documentation provider. Petition for custody form or a motion to modify child custody order are the forms downloaded by custody lawyers.
General information such as parental contact, related court cases, current living arrangement, child’s name, birth date and reason for petition or modification are filled in order to complete the form. 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.
The location of the child determines where the court will be and state regulations determine whether the case is either family or juvenile case in which its done when the forms are filed including any attachments and sent. The other parent is given the documents and the lawyer then review the service process.
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. Thus accessibility is important to clients so as to ensure their case is handled with urgency. Caring is another trait that needs to be observed by custody attorneys as they look at the possible verdict and the impact it will have on the family.