When seeking a divorce, you want to make sure you have quality representation, as a divorce can one of the most exhausting issues a person faces in their lifetimes. You want to make sure your attorney is experience in the areas of family law which you require the most attention for.
Here are a few common issues which need to be addressed when speaking with your divorce attorney regarding your attorney regarding any family law issues
You need to know their level of experience, you’ll want to find out how long they have been practicing law and more specifically how long they have been handling divorce and family cases which are similar to the issues you’re dealing with.
The amount of lawyers in their law firm, what is their primary motivation in the law firm, do they mainly handle family law cases or do they perform other duties. It’s best you choose a law firm whose focus is more on the issues you’re dealing with. If you are issues are related to asset division, you’ll want a lawyer who has experience in dealing with asset division cases.
Before hiring the divorce attorney you want to find out if you’re budget is within the lawyer’s asking fees. The last thing you want is for the trial to end half way because you’re lawyer isn’t fully willing to defend your rights, because you ran out of money. In most cases the lawyers will work out a payment plan for you, but you need to make sure this is the case beforehand.
It’ll be also ideal to know what their success rate is handling cases similar to your own, as success in one area of law may not translate into success in other areas. Family law cases require a lawyer who understands the process involved in dealing with family law issues. Some family law cases are complex and it’s necessary that your attorney has the aptitude to have handled such cases in the past.
You will also want to know if the cases your attorney has previously handled go to trial or how often they’re able to negotiate a settlement that their clients can live with. If their track record is always to take cases to trial, you will want an attorney who can negotiate terms that both can agree with. Often cases that go to trail are more costly, and the outcome is always uncertain, so you want to have the divorce or family law case handled through negotiations when possible.
The divorce attorney you’re working with will also need to know some personal and even intimate details about your relationship and financials, which you’ll need to give in order to proceed with your divorce case. It’s unlikely that they’ll be able to resolve financial matters without having the required information, needed to determine which assets are joint assets and which assets should be considered marital assets.
A divorce is a complex issue which requires both parties to be willing to give and take to make the divorce work. It’s crucial you find an attorney who can help you through the process and make the divorce as painless as possible for your case.