At Armfield Investigations, we are the first to point out that we are not attorney’s. What follows is not legal advice but common sense suggestions in the area of Child Support. We hope our opinions and thoughts from our experiences can help you.
Child Support is an area where emotions can run incredibly high. It is important to keep as objective as possible when it comes to the aspects of your case in which you can control. Below are five helpful tips for your child custody case.
In order to help your Child Custody case, be sure to:
- Start your search for a competent child custody attorney as soon as possible. This may seem like common sense, but keep in mind that just because you find an attorney or meet with them, they might not be able to take on your case. This can be because of case load, conflict of interest, or for other reasons. Don’t wait until the day before a hearing to start your search!
- Be completely honest with your attorney. As in any other practice area, attorneys can best represent you when they know all of the relevant facts. This allows them to plan strategy and prepare for potential attacks. Additionally, remember that the nature of the attorney-client relationship is confidential, so anything you tell your attorney in regards to your child custody case will be kept in the strictest of confidence.
- Do not sign anything without your attorney reviewing it first. This is not unique to child custody cases, but may be even more detrimental considering what is at stake. If your spouse approaches you to sign a document, and pressures you to sign without having your attorney “intervene,” resist the impulse. Child custody attorneys are experienced in the practice area, and know what essential terms must be present, and how an agreement will be treated by the court. Also, remember that an attorney represents your interests only.
- Follow the Court Order completely. Even if your spouse violates the order, you should be sure to follow your part of the order as it is written. For example, be sure to pick up your child at the times and locations stated, and have them ready to be picked up, or drop them off on time. Obviously situations arise that call for changes of plan, but be sure that these are communicated well in advance, so as to avoid any potential causes for conflict.
- Keep detailed records.Keep a detailed diary or calendar of the specific days each child was with you and those with the other parent. Note the times of pick up and return of the child. Try to briefly outline activities that the child engaged in. Note the person who picked up and returned your child, in addition to whether this was in accordance with your agreement. If you are receiving or paying child support, make a note of each check number, the date of receipt or payment, and the amount of the check. These records will be helpful for your attorney’s purposes, and to keep an accurate record