divorce lawyers can provide you with sound legal advice and help you avoid costly mistakes when your marriage ends.
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Since the divorce process involves many legal technicalities (which can affect your well being for many years to come), it's a good idea to have someone on your side who knows what they are doing.
First of all, don't take any actions that can affect your rights before seeking legal advice. If you are considering a divorce, or if your spouse has initiated divorce proceedings, you probably will need to consult with a divorce lawyer who specialises in family law. It's also not a good idea to use the same divorce lawyer that your husband has retained (not only is this conflict of interest, but you won't be properly represented). Choose a lawyer who is willing to work with you and fight for your rights.
Once you have identified some potential divorce lawyers, you need to set up an initial interview. The first and most important thing, after writing down your goals for this time, is to find the right person to help you in the legal proceedings. Having a clear purpose and writing your goals down (where you can read them over), you will begin to take charge of your life. Finding the right lawyer, you will be aligning yourself with an ally who can help you take that charge.
Interviewing a lawyer does require you to follow certain business principles, keeping in mind that your chosen lawyer is running a business and they are marketing and selling their professional time and expertise.
Questions to ask the divorce lawyer
What is your experience?
How many divorce cases have you handled? Are you an accredited family law specialist?
How long will my divorce take?
What steps are involved in the divorce process? (Getting a realistic time-frame can help you avoid the frustration that your divorce is taking too long.)
How can I get in touch with you?
Are phone calls encouraged, what are the best times to call, and how promptly are calls returned. Do you prefer scheduled appointments to discuss my case?
How much are the filing fees? What are your hourly rates of charge? What things are charged for at an hourly rate? Is a monthly bill sent out? (You need to get a good idea of how much money you can expect to spend on your divorce.)
Do you have the time to give my case the attention it deserves? Will you or your legal assistant be handling my case? If the issues in your divorce are fairly uncomplicated and won't be contested, it's okay to have a legal assistant handle the majority of the paperwork, provided that the work is supervised by a lawyer. If a legal assistant is involved, find out what the hourly rate for their work is? Find out what work the legal assistant will do and what work the lawyer will do.
What is your view on settlement versus litigation?
(You don’t want to have to battle your divorce out in court if it’s not necessary.)
Do you have a copy of your cost agreement?
(It's a good idea to have a cost agreement that states what the divorce lawyer agrees to do during your divorce, and how much you will be billed and how often.)
Remember that you are accountable to yourself for the decisions you now make; relying on the friendly smile of the lawyer or perhaps a comforting discussion assuring you of blue skies does not always guarantee a good result.
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.