Getting a divorce is a major life changing event. There is a lot of uncertainty in your life and new challenges to be faced. In order to successfully move forward with your life, you need to start by covering your bases during divorce. The first step is making sure you hire the right attorney for your case. It is also important that you have an understanding of the questions you should ask your attorney during your first consultation. Here’s a quick rundown that will help you prepare for your initial consultation.
How long have you been practicing as a lawyer and how much of your practice is devoted to family law?
First things first, you want to hire the right attorney. Make sure you ask them about their experience with family law. You want to be represented by an experienced attorney who has worked similar cases in the past and has seen positive results.
Would you be willing to settle or negotiate? What is your opinion on mediation?
As you know, divorce can get rather messy at times. During this difficult time it is helpful to have an attorney who can guide you along the process while helping you keep your emotions in check. You want an attorney who is open to all options. Since your attorney is able to separate their emotions during the case, they can advise you on the best course of action towards achieving the best settlement at the least amount of financial and emotional cost.
How long should I expect for my divorce to last?
This is probably the most commonly asked question during divorce. With that being said, the answer to this question varies case by case. In cases with minimal conflict between spouses, the case can be completed in as little as four months. On the flip side, there are cases that can last over two years if the spouses cannot come to agreements. The most common issues that cause cases to extend for a long period of time include custody battles and alimony disputes.
What is your availability and if there are instances of your unavailability, how long should I wait for your response?
Communication is key when it comes to your case. Your attorney should respond to your communication methods within twenty-four hours. Communication is key when it comes to getting the best outcome for your case. Make sure you hire an attorney that prioritizes communication.
Will I get a copy for my personal file of all legal documents and correspondence?
When hiring a lawyer, you want to find one who shares important documents such as a child custody or divorce settlement agreements with you for your consideration. A good lawyer will always give you a copy of all documents received and sent out.
How much familiarity do you have with the judges, court personnel, and court procedures?
Not all divorce cases will result in you going to court. However, if your case requires litigation, you want a lawyer with plenty of experience going to trial and dealing with the judges, court personnel, and local court system.
How comfortable are you to represent me, considering my situation?
You want to make sure that your lawyer is comfortable and confident in their ability to represent you in your case. Make sure you explain your case in great detail so they understand your main goals and can best represent you.
You want to leave your first consultation knowing that you put everything on the table and asked any questions you may have. Odds are this is not something you have encountered before, but our family law attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have. Speak with one of our highly-qualified divorce attorneys by scheduling your consultation today!