Divorce and child custody cases are often difficult and emotionally taxing for all parties involved. It is important to have an attorney who is sensitive to your needs, and who can formulate a plan to protect your rights and assets. Usually both parties suffer financially as a result of divorce. Typically, the parent who does not end up with primary custody of the children will have a faster economic recovery from divorce.
There are two types of divorce lawyer you should watch out for. One will bring a child custody action, in an effort to coerce the other partner into giving up more property. The other will bring frequent motions, and manufacture conflicts, for the sole purpose of justifying a larger bill. Also beware of firms that claim to specialize in "father's rights" or "women's rights" - most such firms are relying upon that "specialization" as an advertising gimmick, and the open agenda of those firms may cause a court to view them with suspicion. The best family lawyers typically represent both men and women. Please pick your divorce lawyer carefully.
Please keep in mind that the purpose of custody litigation is supposed to be to determine the best home environment for the children. When parents engage in bitter, acrimonious, hostile litigation, they make the transition much more difficult for their children, and they also damage their ability to communicate once the litigation has ended.
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For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/