You’ve made the decision to get a divorce. Now it’s time to hire a divorce attorney. More than likely you’ve never had to hire a divorce lawyer; maybe you’ve never had to hire any type of attorney before. So where do you begin?
- If custody is going to be an issue you will want someone who has handled child custody cases before.
- If there are significant assets to be distributed, such as a family business you will need an attorney that specialized in divorce cases involving business valuations.
These are just two examples of areas of specialty within the practice of family law.
Another important part of the decision making is your comfort level. You will want to hire an attorney you are comfortable with and feel you can trust. Think about what you are looking for in an attorney.
- Would you feel more comfortable working with a female or a male?
- Does their age matter?
- Do you want somebody who is very aggressive or more on the mellow side?
These characteristics may seem silly, but they all go towards your comfort level.
Let’s talk about free consultations. Many divorce lawyers offer a free consultation and that gives you the opportunity to meet with a few different lawyers before making your final decision. However, keep in mind that not all attorneys will offer a free initial consultation and those lawyers that do not shouldn’t be overlooked during your search. The fee they charge for the initial consultation may be the best money you ever spend if it means finding the right family law attorney for your case.