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I am attorney Lauren S. Cohen, founder of The Law Office of Lauren S. Cohen, LLC. Since opening my doors, I have emphasized a dedicated, compassionate approach to helping New Yorkers effectively deal with pivotal legal concerns for nearly 35 years. When you visit my offices in Johnson City or Binghamton, you will receive personalized guidance and strategic representation …
When divorcing parents or parents who are not together cannot agree on child custody issues, the court can be asked to intervene. The court will hear testimony from both parents to determine legal custody, shared custody, and visitation rights. The court makes its decision based on what the judge determines is in the best interest of the children.
If you are facing a legal custody battle it is in your best interest to retain a Corning family law attorney who handles legal custody cases. These cases can be highly emotional and your attorney can serve as a buffer, apply the applicable state law, and form your arguments.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.
The more experienced a lawyer is in legal practice, the more likely he/she will be able to bring about a successful resolution to your issue. Since experience matters, lawyers who've been practicing law for many years (with a successful track record) tend to be in high demand. You should look for information about a lawyer's experience and ask questions during the initial meeting. It's a very good idea to ask the lawyer how many years he/she has been practicing law and the expected outcome of your case.
Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.
Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.
Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.
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