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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Selecting the Right Divorce Attorney for You

What should I look for in a divorce lawyer?

Selecting a divorce attorney is a critical step in your divorce.  Choosing the right divorce lawyer can make the difference between a painless, efficient divorce and a drawn-out, contested one.  Your divorce attorney will have great influence over the outcome of your divorce and on the issues that matter most to you, like child custody, property division, and alimony.  With so many attorneys out there, it can be hard to select the one that is right for you.  Consider the following factors as you set out to hire a divorce attorney:

  1. Experience counts:  When you start researching your potential divorce lawyer, you should determine the attorney’s level of experience in the field of divorce.  Experience does not merely mean years of practice; rather, it stems from the handling of numerous divorce cases in your region.  Experience will allow your divorce lawyer to competently handle even the most complex of divorce cases.
  2. Communication is important:  As you speak with your potential attorney in his or her office or on the phone, you will want to pay attention to how well they communicate with you.  You want a divorce lawyer that will listen to your concerns and answer your many questions that will likely arise throughout the process.  Your divorce lawyer will act as your mouthpiece during your divorce, so strong communication skills will be vital to achieving your desired outcome.
  3. Select an attorney with compassion:  For many, divorce is a difficult and emotional time.  You deserve to have an attorney on your side who is passionate about your divorce and truly cares about you.  
  4. Find someone you feel comfortable with:  While researching an attorney’s experience, awards, and accolades will tell you a lot about them, ultimately, you will want to select a divorce attorney with whom you feel comfortable.  You will spend a lot of time with your divorce lawyer and will need to discuss rather personal matters.  Comfort is a factor that should not be overlooked when deciding between potential divorce attorneys.

Do your research when choosing a divorce attorney and take your time in selecting the right one.  Make the best decision based on the information available to you and set realistic expectations for your divorce.  With a strong divorce lawyer by your side, you can emerge from your divorce financially and emotionally ready for the next chapter in your life.


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