How To Choose The Right Divorce Lawyer
If you’ve been researching the internet to find a divorce lawyer, it’s safe to say that the results give you a plethora of law firms to choose from. You may even have family members or friends suggesting attorneys that they have used. However, it’s critical to choose a lawyer that is right for you and can help you sort through the red tape in the divorce process.
So, how do you know which one to choose? The answer is— ask the right questions. Here are the top five to help you make an informed decision.
- How Long Have You Been Practicing Divorce Law?
Having a divorce attorney whose practice area is specifically family and divorce law can make all the difference in the results of your case. If you have children involved, a family lawyer will understand how to navigate child custody issues as well as child support and other family matters relating to your divorce. When it comes to complex issues relating to children, it’s critical that your attorney understands how to handle contentious disputes. In addition, an experienced divorce attorney will be familiar with local judges, attorneys, and how the court system works.
- Will Anyone Else Be Working on My Case?
It’s not unusual to speak to other people at a firm. Many law firms have paralegals and other support staff to assist with clients. Learning who will be involved with your case can help you feel more comfortable throughout the process. Getting to know your legal team is helpful when you have concerns or have a specific issue relating to your case.
- How Do You Charge for Your Services?
One of the most critical factors for many people who are hiring a divorce attorney is the cost. When learning about how your potential lawyer charges for services, ask these questions so you can financially prepare for your divorce:
- What is your hourly rate?
- Will I be charged for phone calls?
- Will I be charged when speaking to paralegals and other members of my legal team?
- What is your retainer fee?
- What Other Costs Can I Expect During My Divorce?
Depending on the details of your divorce, there may be other services that are needed to ensure the best possible outcome. For example, if you and your ex-spouse have a business together, you may need a forensic accountant to conduct a business valuation. A forensic accountant may also be necessary if you suspect your ex-spouse may be hiding assets or property.
Other outside services during a divorce may include private investigators, physicians, or psychologists. When speaking to your potential attorney about your case, be sure to have good communication and explain in detail your situation so your lawyer can help you prepare for any other needed services throughout your divorce case.
- What Are Your Recommendations For Keeping the Cost of My Divorce Down?
While you may have considered a do-it-yourself divorce to save money, it can be an extremely complicated process without knowing divorce and family laws. Ask your lawyer if there are any tasks that you can handle during your divorce to save money. For example, if there are public records needed for your divorce case, you may be able to get the documents yourself instead of having your lawyer retrieve them for you. If you have an uncontested divorce, mediation may also be an option to keep your divorce costs down.
Considering Divorce? We Are Here to Help
Ending your marriage isn’t an easy decision to make, and going through a divorce is one of the most difficult challenges anyone can face. At Dan McCandless Law, our divorce attorney, Dan McCandless, is here to help you through the process and answer your questions so you can get the best outcome.
Schedule a consultation with Dan McCandless Law by calling (858) 266-9171 or by filling out our online form.