Consulting attorneys are used for several reasons.
- For instance, a party wants to represent themself in court. However, assistance is needed with the confusing paperwork and the party has legal questions. Therefore the party hires an attorney to ‘consult’ with to answer legal questions, provide guidance and assist with the legal documents. This attorney is not ‘retained’ to represent the party in court.
- Or – In a Mediation, the couple meets with a single neutral Mediator. When the parties have resolved most matters but are experiencing difficulty over time agreeing on a particular matter, it is useful for each party to contact their own attorney to consult on the particular matter. While it is essential that the Mediator remain neutral for the benefit of both parties’ successful resolution of issues, the consulting attorney has no such restriction and advises its client as to that clients’ best interest on the particular matter.
- Or – A party seeking preliminary advice as to the divorce process, custody issues, support issues, and expectations in divorce may consult with a lawyer without retaining the lawyer.
Help With Cases Filed By the State
The state requires the names of both parents before providing government assistance to a parent or guardian, so that the state may pursue reimbursement from the other parent. The purported father should obtain a paternity test if he is concerned that there is a doubt about whether or not he is the father. An experienced family law attorney is needed in order to resolve the interests of a possible father and assure that proper information is used while determining child support, custody, and visitation.
Help With Cases Filed Privately
Private paternity actions can follow the breakup of an unmarried couple that had a
child together. Either party may request paternity testing if either or both parties question whether or not he is the father. Whether a parent is seeking child support, custody or visitation rights, the same rules apply as in divorce proceedings. Priority is given to the child or children’s best interests. As in a divorce proceeding, the court will enter a paternity judgment including provisions for visitation, child support, and custody. Retroactive child support, daycare, and medical expenses incurred in connection with the birth of the child are all decided.
Why Partner With Ewing Mediation and Family Law?
We bring more than three decades of experience in successful mediation and family law advice, a high level of skill, knowledge, compassion and resolution of issues in a way that serves your interests well. If you are facing these issues we invite you to contact Ewing Mediation and Family Law to obtain further information as to how we might help you.