Perhaps more than any other area of family law, child custody actions depend on the individual circumstances of the parties. As a result, a parent's personality, habits, and often, past indiscretions, will come to light in litigation or in pleadings. An attorney's primary job is to explain a client's strengths as a parent. Secondarily, an attorney will contrast his client's strengths with the other parties' weaknesses.
When client's first speak with a child custody lawyer about a potential custody action, they often begin by focusing on the perceived weaknesses of the other parent. While this information is very important, it is more important for the attorney to know the strengths and potential weaknesses of your current circumstances.
So, what can you do to assist your child custody attorney in preparing your case? Providing detailed information about your education, employment, home, schedule and routines can assist tremendously in your attorney's initial preparation of your case. It can also help minimize your legal costs.
Information you should be prepared to provide to your child custody attorney includes the following:
1) Your Story. A description of your role as a primary care giver, including current impediments to this role. Provide information about:
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