A family lawyer can be a good choice for when you're going through a divorce, and even after your divorce is final. You want to ensure that your rights are protected when it comes to child custody, property division, and support, and ensure those rights continue to be protected after your divorce is final.
You also want to ensure that your children are cared for properly when in the custody of your ex-spouse. Note a few considerations about what a family lawyer can do for you during and after a divorce:
1. Hiring experts and witnesses
If your spouse owns a business, your divorce attorney should be able to hire an expert that will give you a correct valuation of that business, if you're entitled to half the shares or profits. If you are filing for sole custody of your children because you believe your spouse may be abusive to them, your attorney should be able to find witnesses who can testify on your behalf or provide expert testimony regarding any abusive behaviors.
It shouldn't be up to you to determine these things on your own during a divorce process, as your attorney should be able to find expert witnesses for all matters that affect your divorce and your rights.
2. Tracking down financial records
A good divorce attorney should be able to find all the financial information about your marriage that will affect your rights when it comes to support for yourself and your children. They can do this during the divorce and after the divorce is final, if a change in your ex-spouse's financial situation affects your support agreement. If necessary, they should be able to hire a forensic accountant to find hidden funds or assets.
3. Ensuring custody arrangements are honored
A family lawyer cannot enforce minor rules and preferences such as bedtimes and household chores when in the custody of your ex-spouse, but if certain arrangements are not being honored after your divorce is final, he or she can take your ex back to court.
They can also be consulted if you think your child is being neglected or abused when with your ex-spouse so that custody can be adjusted and if necessary, your ex faces criminal charges as well. Your family lawyer should be able to help you with getting a any necessary physical exams for your child in case of abuse and can advise you on how to move forward with a criminal case.
To learn more, contact a company like Marino Law with any questions you have.