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What To Look Out For In A Good Divorce Lawyer

May 22, 2010  

In the unlikely event you have to retain the services of a divorce lawyer, ensure they have adequate experience and you can rely on them. In these circumstances you will need a divorce attorney who has at least half their workload in this area and one that is able to act as a mediator. It also follows that you feel comfortable with them and feel confident they will serve you well.

Mediation minded attorneys are more likely to give you problem solving advice, whereas traditional attorneys tend to be more oriented to conflict and their advice tends to be adversarial. To save time, always ensure you know exactly what you are going to say to your divorce lawyer and what questions you need answered.

This is best done by knowing exactly what you intend to speak to them about and write down questions and answers in addition to when, and the length of the conversation on each occasion. As all costs relating to law and legal advice are costly, try not to visit them at the office unless absolutely necessary; this can be achieved by using the phone or mail.

Your divorce attorney is just a resource for legal matters so do not try to get them personally involved as that is not their function; if you need emotional support there are others who can help with this. Always keep to the facts of the case when you speak with your divorce lawyer, don’t start complaining about you spouses actions unless you want your lawyer to take some legal action on your behalf.

The most important aspect for you to get sorted out is the control of the situation which should be yours and then you will be able to use your lawyer more effectively. It is important they know any decisions regarding the divorce are yours to make and they are there for their knowledge and experience in providing legal recommendations. You must also let them know that you expect copies of all correspondence to be sent to you for your own records and if you contact them by phone, you expect a reply within one working day.

Instead of hiring a lawyer, it may be far more cost-effective to use the lawyer just for information or advice on specific subjects like a marital settlement because that may be all the legal help you will need. You may decide to carry out research first before you contact them, only asking your lawyer questions you have not been able to find answers too. It is not uncommon for people to draw up their own marital settlements with the help of a divorce lawyer who is familiar with the case.

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