Do I need a lawyer?
Check out the following circumstances to make sure whether you need to have a lawyer or not.
You and your spouse have been wed for at least 5 years
You and your spouse have kids.
Either you or your spouse is the breadwinner while the other may have difficulty getting on his/her own two feet financially speaking, once the divorce is finalized.
You or your spouse has come upon inheritance while married to one another.
Either you or your spouse is in debt.
Where can I get a divorce lawyer?
There are a many ways to get a divorce lawyer. Also try asking your marriage counselor or therapist for a referral. Of course you may ask your relatives or friends as well. Other lawyers can recommend those attorneys which specialize in divorce also.
It is also possible if you may even go straight to the courthouse to check out if a particular divorce lawyer strikes your fancy. No matter where you look, may it be in the yellow pages or in directories on-line, you should assess their credentials.
Meeting a lawyer for consultation
After finding a promising lawyer, the next step would be to meet him/her for consultation. If he/she is hard to reach then this may be a sign that you may have a hard time getting in contact with him/her once you hire him/her as your divorce lawyer. Find out how much he/she may charge for consultation. What exactly is his/her specialization? Its important that he/she specializes in divorce, for you to have the best representation. You wouldnt want a gynecologist dealing with your heart disease would you? Of course youd seek the help of a cardiologist and with legal matters it goes the same. Seek the help of a divorce attorney for divorce concerns.
What you ought to know after consultation with a divorce lawyer
The first time you meet with a divorce lawyer may be one of the few times that you are the one who gets to do most of the asking. Make the most of it. Find out everything you need to know in order to make the right choice of attorney. After speaking with a lawyer, make sure youve discussed the following matters:
Length of practice
Divorce trial experience
Experience in negotiation for settlements
Familiarity with divorce mediators
Custody dispute experience
Familiarity with tax issues of divorce
Familiarity with your particular situation/context
Projected period of time for your case
Projected outcome for your case
Schedule and methods of contacting him/her
Fee (Including specifics, like if travel time is included)
Manner of billing