The novel named Anna Karenina written by Leonid Tolstoy starts with the statement that all happy families are the same, but the families without happiness are all different. This famous Russian's understandings regarding divorce could be true in your divorce case. It is necessary for you to consult a divorce attorney who is familiar with the unique and personal character of ending your marriage, even if divorce is apparently a usual occurrence in our day.
A divorce attorney who is competent in the field should be concerned with the individual and different needs of his or her client and understand the behavior of people suing for divorce well. The attorney should also understand the couple's behavior even though they appear to agree completely without arguments that their marriage commitment is ceasing.
Separation or divorce cases happening in New York State and other places generally involve deciding whose right it is to own custody of the children, family assets like properties and others. They also involve other numerous legal issues that arise as the cases involving divorce continue.
Lawyers specializing in cases involving divorce commonly handle mediation, separation agreements and collaborative divorce. This type of divorce happens instead of normal divorce. The lawyers also deal with pre-nuptial and post-nuptial adjustments.
Any divorce lawyer you hire should have a deep idea of the complex nature of many cases of divorce. You should be able to easily ascertain the educational and experiential levels of any lawyer you consider hiring. Another good indication of an able and seasoned divorce lawyer is the team of individuals they employ to support their activities. All members of that team should treat you with courtesy and compassion at all times.
Additionally, team members or associates present in divorce attorney offices may include other professionals including appraisers, forensic accountants and psychologists. You must be able to get a feel for how these people operate, possibly talk to them and get access to information about their professional credentials.
The divorce lawyer you choose to present your case in New York must be one who does not have any issue with representing you in all areas of New York like the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Law practices dealing with divorce cases normally have a smaller amount of lawyers in comparison with other law firms. You don't want to be worried about the size of the divorce practice from which you choose a divorce lawyer to present your case.
Because of the personal and hypersensitive nature of divorce proceedings you may not have ready and verifiable evidence of a successful track record of settlements and verdicts that a divorce lawyer has been involved in. If you are able speak to former clients or use referrals - all the better. NewYork Magazine does offer an allegedly impartial annual guide to New York's Best Lawyers which can be of some use.
Whatever the nature of the legal proceedings associated with your divorce and the satisfaction you may have with the outcome of those proceedings, expect to pay your divorce lawyer for services rendered. Uncontested divorces are often charged for at a flat fee agreed to beforehand. Contested cases are typically charged for on an hourly basis. Several divorce attorneys offer their clients flexible payment plans.