If you are heading toward divorce, you may think you have matters under control. You may be fortunate to be in agreement with your spouse over how you will divide your assets, and you may have a good enough idea of how Texas laws provide for fairness and protection throughout the divorce process. You may even feel you and your spouse can work out a custody arrangement that is manageable.
You and your spouse may be able to reach an amicable divorce and custody arrangement without the help of legal counsel, although seeking legal advice can prevent you from unknowingly agreeing to a settlement that is not in your best interests. When it comes to the custody of your children, however, there are certain circumstances where it is not advisable to proceed without the representation of an attorney.
Are you in over your head?
Like many divorcing parents, you may be concerned about your financial situation after the divorce. Because of this, you may be looking for ways to cut corners and save wherever possible, and this may cause you to forgo the assistance of an attorney for your divorce. However, you would be wise to rethink your decision if any of the following factors exist in your custody case:
- Your former spouse has already hired an attorney. This gives your ex a decided advantage.
- Your ex is beginning to backpedal on verbal agreements to share custody.
- Your spouse does not live in Texas, or your custody battle crosses international lines.
- Your spouse has decided to remarry or to move in with a new romantic interest.
- Your ex is not cooperating with temporary custody arrangements or is preventing you from spending time with the children.
- You are afraid for the safety of your children when they are with your former spouse.
If you are struggling with an addiction or if the court has ordered you to take parenting classes, you may already have serious obstacles to overcome. If your spouse has accused you of abuse or is otherwise trying to paint you as an unfit parent, you may greatly benefit from the representation of an attorney. However, even if you are not encountering these issues, having legal advice from an experienced Board-certified Family Law expert attorney in Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County, or elsewhere throughout Texas, for your child custody case may provide you with information and options that can assist you in reaching a positive resolution.