Hiring an attorney for your divorce or custody case can be one of the most daunting things you will do.
The decisions made in your family court case will affect your children, and their education, for years to come.
And . . . choosing the wrong attorney can result in thousands of dollars in fees, and terrible results for your kids.
While there are no guarantees in family court, hiring the right attorney should put you in the best position to present your strongest arguments to the judge.
How To Find A Family Law Attorney
It is important to keep in mind that there are lots of attorneys who think they can do family law .
And don't get us wrong. . . we are not disparaging those that practice in other areas.
But if family law was that easy, every lawyer would do family law as a full time practice.
So before you hire a lawyer that holds themselves out as a general practitioner or someone who is willing to attempt a family law case, we recommend doing the following:
Personal Recommendations: Ask friends, family and co-workers you they trust as a family law attorney. Let's face it. Everyone knows someone who's been through a divorce or custody matter. Ask around and get recommendations. Find out why they liked (or didn't like) their lawyer.
Ask A Lawyer You Used For Another Matter: We get it. Not everyone wants their friends, family or colleagues to know their personal family business. Even if you ask your friends or family for recommendations, you should also ask a lawyer you have used for another legal issue about who to use for your family law case. In Las Vegas, the legal community is small. Lawyers often refer clients to other lawyers and lawyers know who has a good reputation and who doesn't.
State Bar Association: Another resource is the State Bar of Nevada or the State Bar in your area. Most lawyers accept State Bar referrals and for some practice areas are required to have experience in that area before the State Bar will make a referral.
Internet Research: We recommend that you look at a lawyer's website to determine if they really do family law as a significant part of their practice. Usually, you can tell if the lawyer just dabbles in family law or if they actually take lots of cases based on their results page and their blog posts. Most family law attorneys like to brag about their triumphs in family court. A results page can be very telling about where the lawyer's practice really lies.
Questions To Ask When Interviewing Family Law Attorneys
Here's a list of questions you should ask any lawyer you are considering hiring for your family law attorney:
How long have you been a licensed attorney?
How long have you been handling family law cases?
How many school related cases have you handled?
How many trials have you done where school related issues were presented?
How successful have you been?
How well do you know the opposing attorney or the judge?
How often do you appear in front of my family court judge?
Will I actually be working with you or will someone else in the office be handling my case?
How much is this going to cost?
What do you think the outcome of my case will be?
How Much Can It Cost To Get My School Issue Case To Court
The cost to hire a family law attorney to handle your school matter will depend on lots of different factors.
First, it will depend whether or not your case is a new case or whether the case has been closed.
In addition, if your case only involves a school related issue you should expect to pay less than if your case involves lots of issues and schooling is only one of the issues.
Other factors that could affect the cost of your case is whether or not you will need to have a trial to finish the school issues as opposed to settling school matters in mediation.
Another factor in custody and divorce cases can be whether or not you will need to hire an expert for your case. An expert to testify as to your child's mental capacity or ability to inform an intelligent preference about school may be required if your child is young, has had criminal cases or has learning disabilities.
For the most part you should expect to spend at least $2,500 or more to hire a family law attorney. Again this cost depends on the position of your case, how many issues need to be resolved by the judge, how contentious your litigation is and the need for experts and other witnesses to testify at trial, among other factors.
Why Hire Us For Your Custody Or Divorce Case
We have over 20 years of combined experience practicing law. Our attorneys have all handled all kinds of family law cases including taking to trial over 200 family court matters.
There are many attorneys who claim to handle family law matters but they don't take cases to trial. Instead, they take your money and try to settle your case.
Our biggest asset is that we are not afraid to take a case to trial. We are experienced trial attorneys and we will fight for your rights!
In fact, just recently, Molly Rosenblum, successfully tried a school choice issue before Judge Duckworth in family court.
If you have questions about your family court case, call our office at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our on-line form to get more information.