When you are in the process of filing for divorce, it’s important to find the right lawyer to help you with the process. That can make the difference between a quick and less expensive divorce and one that gets drawn out for years. We have a few tips for you to keep in mind when looking for the right divorce lawyer.
1) Decide on the process.
Depending on your situation, a particular avenue may not be appropriate. However, consider each option such as mediation or litigation. Also consider collaborative or cooperative divorce. Research attorneys based on which one appeals and your situation the most.
2) Consider your budget.
Be realistic about your financial situation. While you may not want to spend a lot of money on an attorney, if you can, you should. At the same time, you may want the most expensive attorney, but you may end up in a worse financial situation if you attempt to afford one when you can’t. So, have a budget in mind when seeking a divorce attorney.
3) Get a referral.
The best way to find a lawyer is through word of mouth. Ask friends, family members, coworkers or community members you know what their recommendations are for attorneys. But also keep researching in addition to their recommendations so you have a variety of prospects to consider.
4) Meet – and consider – several attorneys.
Don’t go for the attorney at the top of the Google search page and don’t just go for the attorney recommended by a coworker. Research and talk with several attorneys and seriously consider at least three or four before making your final decision.
5) Bring questions and concerns to each consultation.
There are several things that will make a difference in the attorney you choose and their experience with your particular case is one of them. Make sure to bring up any concerns you have and ask about their experience with your situation. The more you find out initially can help you with your final decision.
No matter the attorney you choose, make sure you choose one that is an effective communicator and try to mediate with your spouse as much as you can to save on costs and emotional stress.