Consulting an Attorney

It is critically important to consult with an attorney at the start of any family court proceeding, even if you are only just thinking about getting involved in the legal process.  A good family law attorney can advise you on what to expect and how to best proceed with your case.  Even if you and the other person involved have come to an agreement and done up the paperwork, it is important and well worth it to have it reviewed.   I have had many people come into my office after the paperwork is submitted and I have had to tell them that it is too late to change what the court has signed off on.  This could be agreeing to sole legal custody or agreeing to someone getting their entire retirement accounts when you do not even know what the amounts are.  With limited exceptions, property divisions are final as are custody decisions.  Parenting time is more fluid and subject to change, but it is best to address things up front rather than after the fact.