Working out child custody with your ex can get frustrating and stressful, so it's a good idea to hire a lawyer to work with. Here's why:
Get Negotiation Support
Even if you and your ex are able to compromise about most things that have to do with your kids, you may learn that some things can't be agreed upon before all is said and done. For example, you both may want to have the kids during some of the same holidays throughout the year.
You can count on your child custody lawyer to provide you with the negotiation support you need to ensure that you don't end up having to give in to all of the demands your ex pushes for. Your lawyer will work with your ex and their representative to negotiate terms that both parties can live with and that are in the best interest of your children.
Gain Expert Insight and Guidance
Your child custody lawyer can also provide you with some expert insights and guidance to help you make the right decisions when it comes to the custody of your child. Instead of working off of emotions, your lawyer will help you use logic and facts to make decisions. They will suggest alternative options to custody issues you're having trouble agreeing on with your ex so you never feel backed into a corner or that you don't have any viable choices available to you.
And if you are unsure of exactly what custody stipulations you want to ask for, your lawyer will help you figure it out based on things like your children's ages, your family history, and the stability of your ex's life. And they'll put together a formal proposal to present to your ex and their attorney before the negotiation process even begins to help set a precedent that's in your interest.
Take Advantage of Representation in Court
If it turns out that you and your ex can't agree on all aspects of your children's custody, you may end up having to go to court to fight for the stipulations you want. Luckily, your child custody lawyer will be there every step of the way to represent you and to argue your points for you in the courtroom. They'll question your ex if necessary and make sure that you are prepared for questioning from the other party just in case. They will also address the judge on your behalf so you don't have to worry about overlooking an important point or saying too much.
Contact a child custody attorney like Kenneth J. Molnar to learn more.