If giving up custody of my two children to my husband can I go back in several years and try to get custody?

caring father with childrenLet me correct you about certain assumptions your question seems to be making:
In today’s environment, “fault” is not necessary to prove against the other spouse to get a divorce. In other words, infidelity, cruelty, abandonment etc., does not have to be plead or proved to get a divorce, and frankly most lawyers do not file a fault based divorce because it only means more expense and time (though of course the option is still available). There are more difficult issues that have to be argued, such as custody, support and distribution of marital assets– which is where the modern divorce attorney should focus time and energy.
Children born to a married couple gives BOTH parents legal and physical custody rights unless and until a court of law says otherwise. So there is no need for you to “give up custody” of your children simply because your spouse is alleging or threatening to allege infidelity. The topic may never come up and the Court would rather focus on who is the appropriate parent to have physical custody of the minor children. The Court prefers to see shared legal custody and physical custody to one parent. So don’t be in too much of a hurry to give up your lawful rights to your children.
To answer your question: custody and all matter relating the the care of children can ALWAYS be revisited while the children or minors or in college when they are older (unless you surrender these rights through an adoption –which is non-reversible).
I suggest you consult with a Family Law attorney, including my own firm, and get the right information about what is likely to happen in a divorce action, and what rights you have unless you voluntarily give them up.

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Can my lawyer quit?

Unlike a criminal defense attorney, a lawyer in a civil action, such as divorce or personal injury, can “quit” with or without consent of the client, especially if the case has not been filed with a court yet.  After the case is file and pending before a court, the lawyer must file a notice to the court that they are withdrawing from the case and terminating representation.

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There is no ethical violation or breach of the Rules of Professional Responsibilities for withdrawing from representation, if done properly, with notice to the client and the court.

Usually there is a provision or clause in the retainer agreement that covers termination of representation.  Read your retainer agreement carefully. The lawyer may also seek any “quantum meruit” fees he may be entitled to for work done on your case. This fee is based on the attorney’s “usual and customary charge for comparable services”, and should be accompanied by a detail statement of service rendered. You are entitled to recover your file from the former attorney.

Criminal defense attorneys must seek permission of the court to withdraw as counsel.