Why You Should Never Try To Handle Your Custody Case Without An Experienced Lawyer


The end of a relationship or a marriage is a time where both partners may be emotionally spent. They are angry, frustrated and hurt by everything that has happened. They just want to be able to put things behind them and move on with their lives. They may do whatever they can to avoid seeing that person anymore, because they do not want to have to go through those feelings again.

Unfortunately, when the couple has children together, walking away forever is not that easy. The parents will need to come to an agreement regarding the custody and visitation time that each will receive, and finding an arrangement that benefits both sides and keeps the best interests of the child in mind can be almost impossible.

At the law firm of Richard T. Bryant & Associates, P.C., we have seen many parents who tried to handle their case without the assistance of an experienced attorney. We have watched as families get torn apart because of mistakes that parents have made during the custody process. We wanted to take a few moments to discuss the important role that your lawyer will play in your custody case, so that you realize how crucial it is to have someone looking out for your interests at all times.

Your attorney knows the process

It is extremely easy to get caught up in the anger that you have toward your co-parent. You will want to tell the court exactly what a bad person he or she is, but, in most circumstances, this is information that will not matter to the court. The court is going to focus on what is in the best interests of the children, and will not care if your ex has done things that make you upset. As long as he or she is fit to parent, the court will generally not consider this information as relevant.

Whether you are in Kansas or Missouri, there are very specific factors that the court will rely upon when making its custody determination. You will have a very limited amount of time to prove to the court that your concerns are valid. You have to be able to present evidence that establishes your specific wishes, and this can be very difficult. So many people make mistakes and end up losing valuable time with their children because they do not understand how the court will evaluate their case.

Our attorneys will clearly demonstrate why your specific requests should be considered in the final custody and visitation agreement. We will negotiate tirelessly for you throughout the process, in the hopes that we can reach a fair resolution before we even have to go to court. If it is in your best interests to go to trial, we will do everything that we can to help you protect the time you have with your children.

Your attorney will explain the impact of your decisions

At several times throughout the process, you will be asked to make decisions. You may be asked to grant your ex custody in exchange for more visitation time. You might be asked to give up certain days in exchange for other perceived benefits.

You need to know that every decision you make during a custody dispute will affect the relationship that you have with your children. Even if it seems like an extremely fair trade, you could in essence be granting the other side the rights they need to restrict the amount of time that you can spend with your kids.

We will explain all of the options that exist in your situation, and together with you, develop a solution that allows you to achieve the goals that you have established. You will never have to wonder if you have done something that will cause damage that will be impossible to reverse.

Experienced Guidance At All Times For You And Your Family

We are confident that we can help you find the answers that are right for your custody case. To learn more about our family law services, please call our office at 816-399-5218, or send us an email. We represent individuals in Jackson County, Johnson County as well as locations throughout the Kansas City metro area.