If you are thinking about a divorce or your spouse has already filed for a divorce, it is a good idea to get an attorney. This is something that you should do to protect yourself. You will have a lot of questions and you will defiantly need to have answers. You need to be made aware of all the possible outcomes and do what you need to in order to protect your future.
There is always the option of representing yourself in a divorce proceeding. However, this is not always the recommendation. If there are serious questions involved like children or assets, it is better to have the assistance of an attorney. The attorney can represent only one of the parities involved. If you are not able to afford an attorney, the judge may seek assistance for you from your spouse.
There are divorce attorneys who specialize in these different types of cases and you need to hire the type of divorce attorney who is best suited to the type of case that you have. If you need to deal with a knock down, drag out litigation, you do not want a mediation attorney trying to protect your interests. Likewise, if you are going through mediation, the last thing you want is a divorce attorney who will try to create issues and move you towards litigation.
So, step one in the process of selecting a divorce attorney is to identify the type of case that you have. Next, start asking people for help. Since the divorce rate in the United States is at about 50%, chances are you know at least several people who have been through a divorce. Ask about their process, how they selected a divorce attorney, and how their attorney performed for them.
After you have received the names of several divorce attorneys that you received from asking other people, go online and start researching those attorneys and others. Many divorce attorneys have websites, write articles, and advertise on divorce portal websites. You can get quite a bit of information about how an attorney approaches cases and treats clients by reviewing their website.
Naturally, the best divorce attorney is the one who is into your cause. Normally, lawyers are businessmen who charge ridiculously for their time. One who doesn’t should cause you to be skeptical in terms of his competence. But some are really after your money. Here are telltale signs for such:
* Charging too much on phone calls
* Never return calls promptly
* Never keeps you informed of the proceedings of the case
* Won’t help you understand the terms and
* Won’t suggest better alternatives
Always remember, your divorce attorney works for you. Prior to the hiring, always have a written agreement for his services. Carefully read it before signing. That goes for the billing statement too. Never accept a bill that isn’t detailed.
The relationship you have between you and your spouse is personal and private. Divorce does not have to change any of that. When you choose a divorce attorney, it is important that he or she is someone that you can trust and feel comfortable with.