If you are in the midst of a divorce or custody battle, you might feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn. Private lawyers are expensive and outside the reach of many who are dealing with the court system. Representing yourself, particularly if you have no experience with family law, might seem like too large an undertaking. A family legal advocacy group can make your case easier. Not only will you save thousands of dollars by not hiring an attorney but you’ll also be well-prepared to represent yourself effectively. Here are some of the ways that a legal advocacy group like National Family Solutions can help you get through your case.
Legal Advocacy Group For Providing Support
You might feel panic-stricken when you first begin your divorce process. There is a mountain of paperwork to get through and a series of dates you need to keep in mind; that doesn’t even include the emotional and financial stress of splitting one household into two. You might be worried because you don’t have the funds for an attorney, and you might feel terrified that you won’t get custody of your children. You don’t know who should live in the house, how your retirement accounts will be split equitably, or how long this process will take.
Your legal advocacy group has been through this process with countless clients, and they know what needs to be done. Your first phone call will be for finding out whether they can help you; in many cases, they can. They’ll calmly walk you through what needs to be done to get a fair divorce settlement for you and your ex. They’ll be there by your side whether your case settles after one mediation meeting or needs to go to trial.
Helping With Documents
Chances are good that you haven’t ever had to fill out divorce paperwork before. If you have, it was probably just one other time. There are many questions that you might not know how to answer. You’ll need to compile information and make sure everything is completed and submitted by a specific date. For someone who is already busy with work, community responsibilities, and family obligations, this pile of paperwork can seem like an insurmountable task.
Your family legal advocacy group knows how to fill out this paperwork. They can walk you through the steps necessary to get everything completed and submitted on time. If you don’t understand something, legal experts are just a phone call away.
Research and Case Preparation
A legal advocacy group is made up a variety of legal professionals including attorneys, case managers, document specialists, psychologists and private investigators. These experts know exactly what you need to do to research and prepare for your case. They will point you in the right direction and provide you with the resources and information needed to make your case a success.
Court Appearance Counseling
If you’ve never been to court before (or even if you have), you probably have a lot of questions about how to best represent yourself. What should you wear? What are the rules of the courtroom? What actions could get you charged with contempt of court? What can you do to boost the chances that the judge will see things your way?
If you have to go to court for your divorce case, your legal advocacy group will help you every step of the way. They’ll counsel you on what to wear and how to present yourself. They’ll tell you what not to do. They’ll point out small actions you can take to make a better impression on the judge. They’ll also tell you what to expect in terms of courtroom procedure and the order of events that will take place. Your legal resource group wants to see you win your case, and they’ll use their years of experience to help you maximize your chances of winning a favorable outcome.
Parent Evaluations, Investigations, Etc.
Not all divorce and custody cases are cut and dried; there are often times that parents need to be evaluated and children need to be advocated for. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances within a family that need to be addressed. For example, if there’s been a history of domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, drug use, or other activities that could put a child at risk, these need to be investigated.
Your legal resource group will be able to refer you to the professionals and experts who can handle these situations. Whether you need a psychologist for evaluations, a guardian ad litem for child advocacy, a private investigator, a social worker, or any other type of professional, you’ll be able to get the contact information you need through the legal advocacy group.
Storage and Organization
Once your divorce process has been completed, you will be left with piles of paperwork and documents. Some will be documents that you’ve filled out and others will come from the court. Where should you keep these items? Will you ever need them again? A legal advocacy group can help you by storing and organizing this paperwork. There’s no need to keep it in your home or worry about losing it. Just leave it with the legal advocacy group and know that it’s safe and secure, ready and waiting for any time that you might need to refer to it again.
Divorce isn’t easy for anyone, but your family law advocacy group will be a partner by your side, walking with you as you navigate the process. From filling out paperwork and answering your initial questions to helping you find the professionals you need and counseling you before your court appearance, a legal resource group is an invaluable part of your divorce experience. Don’t worry if you can’t afford a private lawyer; there are lawyers and other legal professionals ready to help you at National Family Solutions. Call us today to find out whether a legal advocacy group is the right choice for you as you go through your divorce.