A child custody lawyer is a family lawyer who specializes in handling the problems and affairs which involve children of a couple who are going through a problematic marriage. Typically, this kind of lawyer is needed for mediation or advice when both parents clash regarding the custody of their child or children. This may happen before the divorce, after the divorce, or even just after an unmarried couple with a child out of wedlock separates.
The lawyer is expected to handle the legal procedures relating to child-custodial rights and other issues.
The tough thing about being a child custody lawyer is you have to hammer out the details between the warring parents of who will get the custodial rights over the child. This could be quite taxing because after away from the issue being too delicate, it could be very emotional too.
If you were a parent, you can get the picture of how horrible the proceeding could be for both adults and the child. As a lawyer, witnessing and controlling the situation to some extent could be emotionally draining.
Usually, it is decided upon whether custodial rights would be a sole custodian, joint, or legal. The child custody lawyer is responsible in mediating and helping the parents decide what kind of custody they should fight for and how they should go about it.
In addition, visitation rights and plans are also arranged and set by the child custody lawyer. More often, a visit plan goes like this: a child stays with one parent for the whole week and then stays with the other over the weekends (or every other weekend). If parents would like to appeal or revise the plan so that the set up will suit them better, then the lawyer is expected to give advice again and re-arrange the existing plan accordingly.