Going through a divorce can be an emotionally charged experience for everyone involved. Because there are so many crucial matters that might need to be considered, including the division of property, child custody and visitation, financial support, and other issues, it is recommended that you hire an experienced divorce lawyer to provide qualified counsel and protect your interests.
Finding the right attorney can be challenging, but it is also one of the most significant decisions you will make. You want to ensure your time and money are not wasted on an attorney that simply is not a good fit for you. Below, we have outlined seven tips you should follow when choosing a divorce lawyer to handle your case.
Research Divorce Options
Many people do not realize it, but there are multiple ways to get a divorce. It is crucial to determine whether you plan to seek a divorce through mediation, litigation, or a collaborative process. Is your divorce likely to be contentious? Do you simply need help resolving minor disputes? Will it be uncontested? If you expect your divorce to be highly contentious, then you might want to hire an attorney with a reputation for being aggressive. Conversely, if you only need help ironing out a few minor issues, you might want to opt for an attorney who is a good negotiator.
Choose a Lawyer Who Specializes in Family Law
It is essential to ensure that the attorney you hire has specific experience handling family law matters. You wouldn’t want to hire a lawyer who has only practiced personal injury law or criminal defense to handle your divorce case. While you do not have to hire an attorney who exclusively handles family law cases, it is essential to make sure that family law is at least a significant component of their practice.
Ask About Their Experience
When you interview possible attorneys to handle your divorce case, be sure to ask about their level of experience and background. How long have they practiced family law? How long have they been a licensed attorney? Do they have trial and litigation experience? You want an attorney who has successfully handled and resolved a significant number of family law cases.
Consider Your Budget
It is essential to think about your budget ahead of time. If you neglect to consider the financial implications of hiring a divorce attorney, you could end up spending more than you expected.
If you are on a very tight budget, you might be able to hire an attorney to handle just a handful of issues in your case. You could also ask about a flat fee arrangement. Some people mistakenly believe that there is no way they can afford an attorney but being on a tight budget should not prevent you from reviewing your options. Be upfront about your financial situation. Many attorneys are willing to create payment plans.
Pick a Lawyer Who Will Prioritize Your Case
The last thing you want to do is hire an attorney who does not have sufficient time to devote their full attention and energy to your case. Even if the attorney says they have time for your case, the process may get drawn out if they are too busy with their present caseload. If you want to expedite divorce proceedings, you need to hire someone who has time for you.
You can test how busy an attorney is by sending the attorney a message or leaving a voicemail after your first meeting. If they respond quickly, that is a good sign that the attorney is communicative and will prioritize your case.
If you’re seeking a divorce, contact the family law attorneys at Taylor, Taylor & Taylor, Inc. today to speak with one of our compassionate, knowledgeable attorneys about your case. Our lawyers have the skills and resources to guide you through the divorce process. Reach out today to schedule a consultation.