Do all divorce attorneys handle child custody cases?

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Do all divorce attorneys handle child custody cases?

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Kate Horder

Usually yes, they do. There aren’t many attorneys that specialize in being just “divorce” attorneys; they are usually family law attorneys. And child custody cases fall under the umbrella of family law, as do cases related to property division, child support, alimony, spousal support, and more. That’s why it’s not uncommon for agencies where you can both get a free consultation from a custody lawyer and find someone to help you with a paternity case or help with adoption paperwork.

This means that if you are getting a divorce and there are children involved, you don’t need two separate attorneys. Your divorce attorney can help you put together a child custody agreement as well, and help you negotiate the details with your former partner.

And it’s good to have an attorney handle all that because they aren’t just experts at the law. Your attorney has likely worked with hundreds of other couples before; they know what the most common issues when it comes to child custody are, and they can help you put together an agreement that will make things smoother for you and your former partner.