Divorce covers the termination of any marriage by divorce, dissolution or annulment and determinations on child custody, child support, spousal support, and the division of marital property and the assets which include the pension or retirement plans or savings and the family business interests. It also includes the jurisdiction and venue, procedure and the grounds for the divorce like adultery, abandonment, irreconcilable differences, mental cruelty or irretrievable breakdown of marriage, support and custody, and the separation or property division agreements.
There are different ways to choose a divorce lawyer and some of the ways may take time in achieving this. Below are some of the considerations that you can do to choose a right divorce lawyer:
- You should be Realistic
In filing for a divorce, you need to realize that the divorce will undergo a legal process with a sole purpose of dissolving your assets and resolving custody issues. The job of your divorce attorney is to represent you to the best of his or her ability during the process. Be realistic about the role of the divorce attorney, and what you will expect from them
- Stay in Focused with the Goal
Everyone’s ultimate goal in this process is to get a divorce, and you can do such without any major depreciation of your lifestyle. Don’t let any of your emotions jump in and run rampant when it comes to the negotiating over material things that does not mean much to you in the big picture.
- You should know what you want
Before hiring a divorce attorney, you should consider other alternatives to traditional litigation. If you are not totally entangled with the children and finances, you can hire a mediator to help you negotiate the terms of your divorce. The mediation will be the fastest, cheapest way to get divorced, you may not need to hire an attorney in that case.
- Identify At least 3 potential attorneys.
The attorneys are not all the same. You may find at least three divorce attorneys that you can interview before making your final decision. You need to hire a lawyer that specializes in family law and the one who is experienced in a specific type of divorce can be best for you. An ideal attorney usually has the legal knowledge and experiences that you need, helps you understand the process, communicates and negotiates well, solves the problems creatively and is experienced in your specific court system.
- Interview and Research
You should interview and research potential attorneys. You can start with an initial phone call and ask them about their experience and specialization within family law. Ask them the type of client they typically represent and their rates. Most of the divorce lawyers may charge an hourly fee and require a retainer fee (a fee charged in advance).
- Look for Red Flags
Avoid believing attorneys who are making promises. If an attorney talks about high-profile clients or divulges confidential information that is based on other cases, it is most likely be doing the same kind of thing to you.
- Make your Choice
You should choose your attorney whom you trust and will feel comfortable with since it is most of the time, you will talk to him/her. Since the divorce is a highly personal and emotional process, the outcome of which can have a great impact on one’s life.