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The benefits of hiring an attorney for a child custody dispute

Missouri parents know that child custody is often one of the most emotional and contentious aspects of a divorce. Even amicable couples often find themselves facing an impasse when it comes to agreeing on the terms of practical and beneficial child custody resolutions. For this reason, it is generally in the best interests of the parents to have the assistance of lawyers who are experienced in complex family law matters. 

For various reasons, many individuals believe that it would be in their best interests to represent themselves in divorce. While this may seem practical, a divorce is a complex legal process, and people often find themselves overwhelmed by the paperwork and court process. As a result, an unrepresented individual may make the mistake of agreeing to a custody arrangement that is not in his or her best interests.

A lawyer can help a Missouri parent make decisions that are based on long-term benefits, not temporary emotions. It is easy to become embroiled in a dispute and focused on winning the argument, instead of on what actually is best for the parents and the children. A good lawyer will help a client understand when he or she has become overly emotional. 

Many people believe they will save money by representing themselves in divorce proceedings. In reality, lawyers can help protect the rights of parents fighting for child custody, while still pursuing a financial settlement that protects future interests. By seeking a case evaluation, a person can better understand why hiring a knowledgeable divorce lawyer is a smart decision.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Reasons to Hire a Divorce Lawyer", Diana Shepherd, Oct. 1, 2015

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