If you’re considering divorce, you will likely want a lawyer on your side throughout the process, especially if you have never been through a divorce before. But how do you choose the right lawyer? No matter where you live, you probably have at least dozens of options to consider. If you don’t have any recommendations from friends or family members, then you’ll be on your own trying to find the right lawyer to represent you.
How do you go about this process? It starts with a consultation. A consultation typically lasts about an hour, so you have just a limited amount of time to meet with a lawyer, ask questions and get a sense of whether or not they can help you achieve a favorable outcome in your divorce. The lawyer you choose will be the one who helps you with asset division, child custody and other matters in your divorce, so choose carefully. Here are some topics to discuss with a lawyer at the initial consultation.
You will have to pay your lawyer, but when? Do they bill per hour or is there a fixed rate involved? Are you charged every time you contact your lawyer? Do you have to pay a monthly retainer fee? A divorce can possibly take over a year to finalize, so you don’t want any surprises when you get the bill.
Divorce is a very complex matter, so you want someone who has handled many cases and knows the ins and outs. How many years of experience does your lawyer have? How much of their practice is devoted to family law matters? Do not hire a novice to handle the intricacies of your divorce.
Based on the information and documentation you give the attorney, they should have a game plan in place for handling your divorce. While they may not be able to list every detail, since things can change, they should be able to offer you an overall strategy based on your goals. You want a lawyer who will be proactive.
You also want a lawyer who will be proactive when it comes to communication. If you never hear from your lawyer and you have to constantly check in with him or her, that can be frustrating. You should receive copies of any communication sent to your spouse and their lawyer. You should receive calls or emails when something changes in your case. On your end, you should be able to reach your lawyer when needed. Some lawyers are available 24/7.
In the end, you need to trust your gut. It’s a good idea to consult with several attorneys to find the right If you like the lawyer’s answers and feel comfortable with him or her, then it will likely be a good match.
While nobody wants to get a divorce, having the right lawyer on your side can make all the difference. The Columbia divorce lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. will help you fight for your rights every step of the way. We have two offices to serve you. To schedule a free consultation, call (410) 774-5987 or fill out the online form.
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