How Expensive Are Child Custody Disputes?

Child Custody Lawyer

When parents of minor children decide that they no longer wish to remain romantically involved, questions of child support and child custody inevitably arise. Whether the romantic split is contentious or relatively amicable, each parent is likely to worry about how the transition will affect his or her child. Similarly, worries about becoming a newly single parent, navigating the costs of raising a child alone, and the legal side of the split tend to plague parents as well.

For better and for worse, the costs associated with the legal side of determining child custody and child support are significantly determined by the parents themselves, as an attorney, can explain. Parents who, through the use of mediation or attorney-led negotiation, can navigate their way to a compromise are likely to spend less on legal costs than those parents who choose to “battle it out in court.” There may be good reasons for a parent not to seek a compromise with his or her child’s other parent. But it is important to prepare for a costlier process if you will need to go to court in order to pursue your goals.

Retaining the services of an experienced family law attorney committed to focusing his or her efforts on your goals will help you ensure that you are using your legal resources as efficiently as possible under the circumstances. Scheduling a consultation and asking about your attorney’s approach to billing and representation will clarify whether you are on the same page with any attorney you are interested in hiring for your child custody and/or support matter.

The Financial Cost of Different Approaches

If you have questions or concerns about child custody and/or child support matters, please consider scheduling a consultation with our firm at your earliest convenience. Once we learn about your family’s unique situation, needs, and priorities, we will be able to answer your questions and explain our approach to representation. At that time, we will be able to give you some sense of what your family’s case may cost.

It is important to remember that each child custody and child support matter progresses in slightly different ways. It is also important to remember that the final cost of your legal needs is largely up to you and your child’s other parent. If you are interested in a low-cost approach and are willing to compromise with one another, the expenses associated with your process will remain relatively reasonable. If you and your child’s other parent have fundamental differences and need to invest in resources that will allow you the best possible chance at achieving your goals, your costs will be more substantial.

When it comes to family-related legal matters, investing in a solid legal strategy can be life-altering. It all depends on what your family’s situation is and whether or not you are in a position to achieve your goals with or without judicial intervention. Either way, a qualified child custody law firm should have extensive experience working with parents involved in both contentious and relatively amicable situations. Contact one today to learn your options.