If you and your spouse have decided to divorce, you are probably already riding an emotional roller coaster. You may have experienced fights, struggles, attempts at reconciliation and more. You may be feeling depressed and confused.
What Type of Attorney Do You Need?
Now is the time to choose the right divorce attorney for your situation. For instance, if you have children, the specifics of your case may be completely different from couples who have no children. If the divorce is going to be amicable and you and your spouse agree on most property distribution and other issues, you probably don’t need a strong-arm type of attorney.
If you or your spouse is in the military, you may need to consult a Fairfax military divorce attorney or other such professional depending on your location. These professionals can guide you through the regulations of a military divorce.
Ask family and friends for referrals. Your circle of friends and family may have experienced your situation and may have a professional they hired in the past. Also, conduct internet searches for the backgrounds and experiences of potential lawyers. You can also contact your local bar associations—some of these associations have referral programs that can help with your search.
If your case needs specialized services, look for attorneys who are certified in that area. This can include spousal and child support, or property division cases. These attorneys have added education and testing that makes them more qualified to handle these types of cases.
Interview several attorneys. You will be able to see if a particular attorney suits your communication style. Perhaps you want someone who will speak in plain English, rather than legalese. On the other hand, you may need a lawyer who is concise and efficient and doesn’t mince words. Make sure that you are comfortable with your choice emotionally. After all this person is responsible for making sure your divorce proceeds smoothly for a satisfactory conclusion.
Make sure that you understand a potential attorney’s billing structure. Is it a one-time, flat fee or will you be charged a per hour rate? Are phone calls included, or will you be charged for each time you communicate with him or her? Will there be travel time charges? Knowing these fees ahead of time is important, because you don’t want to be surprised by unexpected costs.
Take a breath and find the best attorney for your needs. You’ll find yourself better prepared for the divorce proceedings.