How to select the best divorce attorney for you

If you have reached a point in your marriage where you feel that you can no longer go forward in the marriage, then you are likely going to need a divorce attorney to help you through the process of achieving that divorce. Choosing the right divorce attorney is going to be a vital part of making sure that your interests as well as the interests of your children are properly represented in court. In order to make sure you have the very best divorce attorney out there, follow the following steps:

  • First, seek out the names of divorce attorneys that are local to your area. You want to make sure that you select someone that is very familiar with the family laws in your state.  Ask for recommendations from people that you know that are professionals that come into contact with lawyers. They will likely have had some experience that will enable them to give you a recommendation. Even if they do not know of any good divorce lawyers, they might know of other reputable lawyers that they can steer towards you, and those lawyers in turn might be able to give you a solid recommendation.
  • Once you have some recommendations from professionals that may work with lawyers, you should also seek out recommendations from other people that have used a divorce attorney.  If you have a friend or family member that has been divorced in the past, chances are good that they also used a divorce attorney and will be able to give you some pointers on who they would recommend.
  • Consider meeting with more than one lawyer before you make a decision. Some lawyers will offer a free first consultation, while others will bill a flat fee for it. It is generally recommended that you meet with at least one of each. You should only consider going forward with a lawyer that will take the time in that first initial consultation to actually review your case and will give you their opinion on what they think your options are going forward. Sometimes attorney’s that offer a free first consultation will spend the majority of the meeting treating it like a sales pitch and will not take any time to review the facts in your individual case.  Make sure that any attorney that you decide to use gives you a clear outline of how they want to move forward and has made an effort to look at the details of your particular case before making suggestions to you.
  • Give honest consideration to their compatibility with your personality. Going through a divorce is an extremely stressful  experience, so you want to make sure that the expert that you choose to walk down that path with is someone that you are going to feel comfortable with when you are not at your best. When you are in need of support, is that particular person’s style going to be a comfort to you, or are they going to add to your stress levels?