If you are preparing to go to court to handle a child custody matter, you might be preparing to hire an attorney. When you go to meet with your attorney, you'll want to make sure that you bring the right information. These are some of the important things that you will want to provide when meeting with your family attorney:
Any Divorce or Custody Agreements That are Already in Place
First of all, if you have a separation or divorce agreement already in place with your spouse, you will want to bring a copy of the agreement when you meet with your attorney. Any temporary or long-term custody agreements that are in effect now or that have been in effect in the past can be brought for your attorney to review, too.
Information About Where You Live
Your attorney is going to need to know where you live. In addition to having your address for filling the documents and sending any correspondence in the mail, he or she will also need to know what county and state you reside in. After all, child custody and child support laws do vary from place to place. Plus, your location might have an impact on your child custody agreement. For example, some parents argue that they don't want their children taken out of state or a certain number of miles away from where they live. The school system that your child would attend if living with you is also something that might impact child custody.
Information About Your Kids
Lastly, you will need to provide information about your kids. Their names, social security numbers, and date of birth will need to be known by your attorney. If your children have any health issues or other issues, your lawyer will need to know about these matters so that they can be addressed when it comes to child custody. For example, you and the other parent might have to make arrangements about which doctors your child will see for any health issues and who will take the child back and forth to these appointments.
When you go in for your meeting with your family lawyer, you will want to make sure that you are well-prepared and that you have everything that you need. The list above will help you get started. If your attorney needs anything else from you, then he or she should let you know before or during your meeting. Make sure that you provide all of the information and documentation that your attorney asks for so that he or she can adequately help you with your case.