Why Hire a Family Law Attorney?

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In our opinion, family law attorneys (family lawyers) must have two fundamental skills to be successful:

Experience. To guide you through unfamiliar legal territory by handling all correspondence, documents, procedures, and arguments.

Compassion. To help you manage your emotions of uncertainty and fear surrounding legal actions.

In this blog post, we’ll explain the reasons why it’s in your best interest to hire a family law attorney instead of trying to manage everything yourself.

What does a family law attorney Do?

A family law attorney is a lawyer who specializes in family matters such as Divorce, Custody, Paternity, Visitation, Child Support, Spousal Support/Alimony, Division of Assets and Debts, Property Distribution, Relocation, TPOs/Restraining Orders, Annulment, Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements, Guardianship, Adoption, Termination of Parental Rights, and Estate Planning.

When do you need to hire a family law attorney?

If you are involved in a legal matter involving your family, that’s the time that you would hire a family law attorney.

When you have to go to court against someone close to you, emotions rise and the fight can get ugly. If you are trying to do everything yourself, such as completing legal forms online, this can cloud your judgement and lead to serious mistakes. Therefore it’s recommended you hire a family lawyer who can separate emotion from legal grounds.

Whether you are just starting a family legal proceeding, in the midst of litigation, or need to overturn your current orders, a family law attorney can assess your case and develop the legal and procedural basis to win your case.

How can you benefit by hiring a family law attorney?

In family court, more is at stake than just money, so you need someone to fight for your rights. Without a competent family law attorney, you could end up losing property that’s rightfully yours or losing time with your children.

There are several benefits of hiring a family law attorney to assist you in tackling your family legal matters by formulating a custom legal strategy. Below are six reasons.

1. Understand legal proceedings

In addition to understanding family law, a family law attorney has a comprehensive grasp of the law and court proceedings.

It is difficult to navigate the legal system, especially since different states have different laws regarding legal proceedings. Without the help of an attorney, you may not handle legalities correctly.

Time limits apply to certain aspects of family court cases, and someone without legal knowledge is likely to miss a deadline or misfile paperwork.

There are even regulations on how papers must be presented, and if you have an experienced attorney handling your case, you can be sure it will be managed correctly.

2. Get good counsel

Family issues, particularly divorce and child Custody, can be very painful and stressful. It’s hard to keep your head in high-stress situations, but a family lawyer can help.

Competent to give advice on family dispute proceedings, a family law attorney can help reduce the tension surrounding your case, allowing you to stay calm.

What’s more, when you have a competent attorney on your side, you can focus on circumstances in your personal life that need your attention while your lawyer handles your case.

3. Level the playing field

It is likely that the party you are disputing will have hired an attorney, and if you go without counsel, you will be at a disadvantage.

To make sure the case is handled equitably, you need someone on your side, to guide you and provide legal assistance.

Having your own family law attorney will assure that you won’t be bullied, and you’ll come out of the dispute with your rights intact and a settlement that gives you what is rightfully yours.

4. File your paperwork correctly

This may seem like a minor detail, but it is far from it.

There are many different legal documents involved in divorce, child custody, paternity, or any other family court matter. Without the right legal documentation to support your case, you may not get the outcome you desire and deserve.

These documents must be worded in a precise way, filed correctly, notarized, and submitted before the filing deadlines have passed. A family law attorney makes sure you don’t make any missteps that could negatively impact your case.

5. Save money

You may think you can save money by handling your case yourself, but this is not a good idea.

If you end up losing your case because you defended yourself instead of hiring a lawyer, it could put you in a bad position financially and will end up costing you more in the long run to file for reconsideration, modification, and/or an appeal.

The best way to make sure you don’t pay too much in legal costs and you don’t end up owing the other party more money than you feel is fair is to seek representation the minute you decide to get a divorce, have a custody dispute, or find yourself in need of legal advisement.

6. Achieve a favorable outcome

Negotiation is an art and a science, and you need someone in your court who is not only competent but also experienced.

You can be sure that opposing counsel will know more about the law than you do, so you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage if you don’t have your own attorney. A family law attorney knows how to present you and your case in the best possible way, because a lawyer’s goal is to win the case for their client.

Family law attorneys are experts at negotiating not just the major aspects of a family court case, but also all of the little details that are ultimately very important. In many cases, family lawyers can negotiate a settlement out of court before having to litigate or appear before the court, helping you reach a deal and agreement that is fair to both parties.

Family Law Attorneys in Nevada

Smith Legal Group provides family legal assistance and representation to clients throughout Nevada. Contact our Henderson, NV office at 702-410-5001 to request a free consultation if you have a family legal issue. Our team of Family Law attorneys works around the clock for our clients, providing appointments when needed, even after hours and on weekends. We will formulate a customized legal strategy for you.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog post is provided for general informational purposes only, and may not reflect the current law in your jurisdiction. No information contained in this blog post should be construed as legal advice. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in this blog post without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue.