What is A Family Law Attorney?
A lawyer who represents people in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts of Virginia on matters related to divorce, adoption, custody or visitation of children, child support, and even some juvenile delinquency problems may be referred to as a Family Law Attorney. Many lawyers who practice family law in the Newport News and Hampton area, are also able to help you with financial planning like wills, trusts, and other estate planning matters.
How to Find a Good Lawyer
If you’re searching for a family law attorney, there are some general tips you should follow:
- Look for someone willing to return your phone call or meet with you. If he won’t even have one brief conversation with you before you hire him, don’t expect him to communicate after you hire him either.
- Make sure he will focus on what matters most to you. For example, many people in the midst of divorce care more about custody and visitation issues than anything related to the divorce itself. If child custody and visitation are the most important to you, make sure you have a lawyer who knows how to push for those goals during the divorce process.
- Even if you think your family law issue will be simple, make sure you have a lawyer who is willing to fight if necessary. Many family law issues, like uncontested simple divorces, start out easy but quickly get complicated because of something the other party decides to do or not do. When this suddenly happens, you want to be working with an attorney who knows how to fight the good fight for you.
- Use coupons and specials to buy your groceries, but not to hire your lawyer. Great family law attorneys charge for their services because they are good at what they do. If you hire a discount lawyer, you’ll likely get discount service too. So save money on your lattes and airline tickets, because all lawyers are not equal and you will often get what you pay for.
Family Law is a complicated area of the law, especially in Virginia. If you need to discuss a divorce, custody issue, or any other family law matter give us a call. Your consultation is free, and you can speak directly to an attorney who is willing to fight for you.