When going through a divorce, a child custody battle, or a child support snafu, it can sometimes seem like the world has turned upside down or the sky is falling down around your shoulders. Suddenly, everything has changed. Now you have to learn how to handle your court case, manage a home on a single income, figure out how to get your kids to soccer practice, and all the while you might be struggling to just keep your head above the tumultuous waters of your emotions.
When everything seems overwhelming and you are not sure you can handle the stress anymore, having a good attorney to turn to for help can be a lifesaver.
Ideally, an attorney not only knows the law and can advise you about your legal rights and responsibilities, but also knows how to keep a cool head in the most challenging situations. An attorney should be able to remain objective, seeing the situation from a neutral point of view, while still zealously advocating for your position. That does not mean that an attorney shouldn't tell you when you're in the wrong - on the contrary, a good attorney will kindly, respectfully, and compassionately help you see when your actions are contrary to the expectations of the law, and should be able to help you see how you can take simple steps to reduce conflict and minimize litigation costs.
So if you are considering hiring an attorney to help you with your family law litigation, be sure to meet with them in person and see how you feel when you are with them. An attorney who is cool, calm, and compasssionate will help you on those days when you just don't know what to do, and will be a steady presence with you when you are in court.