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How to choose the best possible child custody attorney

As Colorado parents prepare to divorce, there are a number of factors that must be considered. For those who share one or more children, child custody will likely play a central role throughout the divorce process. Choosing the right attorney to complete a child custody case is important, and is a decision that can have a lasting impact on everyone involved.

One of the most important factors to consider when interviewing potential child custody attorneys is the manner in which each legal professional approaches the job. Finding an attorney who shares one's overall approach to custody cases is important. For example, a parent who wishes to make every effort to complete the divorce in a collaborative manner would be a poor fit for an attorney who has a standing reputation as a tough and relentless litigator.

At the same time, a spouse who is preparing to divorce an abusive or controlling partner may be better served by an attorney who has experience in working with those types of cases, rather than a legal professional who specializes in mediation and collaboration. Over the course of the divorce and custody process, it will be necessary to spend significant time and effort communicating with one's attorney. Choosing a professional who shares the same approach to divorce can make that process far easier to navigate.

For those in Colorado who are considering their options, it may be helpful to schedule initial consultations with multiple divorce and child custody attorneys. Sitting down with more than one attorney can help provide a great deal of insight into the personality and professional approach that each individual offers. Armed with that information, spouses are better able to make informed decisions that are in line with their particular set of needs.

Source:, "How to choose the right divorce attorney", Dawn Doebler, Sept. 6, 2017

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