Listen to the options that your lawyer offers you and carefully weigh each one before jumping to decisions that may not be the most favorable to you.
Your trusted family law attorney will work with you through many stages of your life. From drafting a prenuptial agreement to preparing the documents related to your will to advising you on the management of your estate, your family lawyer will be a part of important milestones in your life. And, should things not work out the way you envision them now, your lawyer will also be by your side when you need assistance with a divorce or a child custody agreement. Getting some tips and advice from your lawyer now will help you get ahead when you are going through any of those life events.
Have Reasonable Expectations
If you are going through a divorce or need to have a child custody agreement drafted, have a talk with your lawyer before taking the first step. Knowing the likely outcome of your case will avoid having an unpleasant surprise in court when the judge makes a ruling. It will also be easier to negotiate a final settlement when you are aware of the parameters of the possible outcomes at trial.
If you have a clear understanding of what will happen, your interactions with your lawyer will be more expedient and you are more likely to heed their advice.
Be Clear and Explicit with Your Lawyer
Litigation is a process that requires not only time but has a place for everything. Your lawyer should have a clear understanding of the issues that brought about your decision to get a divorce, for example, so that they will be able to present them to the court in a detailed manner without any need for dramatics or pleading, letting the facts speak for themselves.
Take the High Road
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This wise advice comes from plenty of family law attorneys who have had to deal with clients that expect them to retaliate against the other party or engage in distasteful behavior to imitate what the other party is doing. Opt for reducing conflict and make it your objective to resolve the issue at hand in a way that prevents this high-conflict behavior from escalating. You don’t want the court to cite you with contempt or issue a restraining order against you.
Always Leave Communication with Your Lawyer Open
Understanding the alternatives available to you to resolve your case other than going to trial will give you a great sense of relief. Listen to the options that your lawyer offers you and carefully weigh each one before jumping to decisions that may not be the most favorable to you.
Leave External Opinions Out
You are going through a tough time. Asking for the advice of friends and other family members may only serve to confuse you since, no matter how much they love you, it’s likely that what they went through is not exactly what you are going through now. Your lawyer will help you prepare the best strategy for your particular case.
Get the Legal Help You Need Now
Elkins & Muir, PLLC has the team of family law experts that you are looking for right now. By getting in touch with them today, you can feel confident that your case will be handled the right way, keeping your interests and rights always top of mind. Working with Elkins & Muir, PLLC will have you feeling like a member of our family.