Not being able to afford a child custody lawyer can be a truly heartbreaking ordeal. But it’s not the final chapter in your battle for custody. Don’t let the cost deter you. Thankfully, there are ways you can win this, regardless of the current state of your finances.
If you are in need of a child custody lawyer, here are a few ways you can save up enough funds, and afford to hire the perfect attorney to help fight for you.
Find the right lawyer
Sometimes doing a quick Google search is not enough. Make a few phone calls, set up an in-person meeting or consultation, and explain your case in person. You may stumble across the perfect attorney who is willing to work with you and take on your case.
Educate yourself on the cost of a child custody lawyer
Do some research and find out exactly what goes into hiring a lawyer. You may find out it is more sensible than you think. A lawyer will typically ask you to pay the retainer fee upfront, so discuss this cost with your attorney of choice, or do some research on the web to gain more insight on the financial aspect of child custody law.
Cut down on your spending
You may have to cut down on certain expenses to pay off those legal fees. Save up money by canceling some unnecessary monthly expenses such as streaming services you no longer use.
Plan on contacting your lawyer only when it’s appropriate
In case you were not already aware, lawyers charge per hour. This can dramatically affect the final cost of your legal battle. Learn when it is appropriate to contact your lawyer and when it is not, to help make the cost more manageable. Daily communication is not necessary. But if you have a serious question regarding your case, make sure to give them a call. It’s worth it if your question can seriously alter or affect the outcome of your case.
Create a new budget for yourself
Draw out a new budget for yourself and stick to it. Set aside more money every month. Automate your savings and have your bank set aside a portion of every paycheck. You may be able to do this through your banking app on your phone. But if you are unsure of how to budget the right amount, read the next tip to help create the perfect financial plan.
Create SMART goals for yourself
In case you are not familiar with what a SMART goal is, it is an acronym that stands for goals that are:
Write down an exact number and break down your financial plan down into specific and realistic steps. For example, you can write down that you want to save an additional one thousand dollars by the end of the month, and by doing so, you will walk to work to save on gas. SMART goals can be applied towards any goal, but this method will come in handy when trying to save up enough money to pay your lawyer.
Your child means the world to you. And the cost should not be the determining factor when trying to win a child custody battle. There is light at the end of the tunnel. And thankfully, there are ways you can reach your financial goals when saving for the perfect child custody attorney.
If you feel lost and unsure of how to go about paying those legal fees, try a few of these tips to help combat the cost.
You may also find the perfect lawyer who is willing to work and fight for your case.