Unless you are extremely familiar with the legal system or an attorney yourself, you will need to hire a divorce attorney in order to navigate the legal system in the event of a divorce. Additionally, many couples must hire a divorce lawyer to represent them in court when they must divide their assets. A good attorney is important to divorce proceedings to ensure that the divorcing parties can move on as quickly, and hassle-free as possible. There are logistics involved with a divorce including child support, custody, debt, and assets that can be very difficult for the divorcing parties to attempt to handle on their own. The divorce attorney will provide all documentation in regards to to each of these logistics, and fight for their client to get a fair settlement.
They will also advise their client of their rights and keep them updated on the divorce proceedings. Ideally, the attorney should make the process as smooth as possible and keep the divorce proceedings out of a court of law. It is true that good lawyers are expensive but, this does not mean that all divorce attorneys will be too expensive to retain for divorce proceedings. In fact, many lawyers will be expensive because they may have developed a reputation, which earns them the right to ask for higher attorney’s fees. However, it is possible to find a good lawyer through word-of-mouth recommendations, especially if they are fairly new to divorce law and have yet to build a respectable clientele base.
The best way to find a good lawyer at an affordable price is to research the lawyer’s case records. Case records have information on the lawyer’s previous cases and what type of settlement they were able to get for their client. If the lawyer does not have a large clientele or reputation, these case records can be helpful in determining how the lawyer may handle your case. Most lawyers will offer a free consultation with their potential clients. Consider speaking with several different lawyers during these consultations to ask questions specific to your case to decide if they are compatible with your situation.
Most people will think of lawyers as a group of savvy talkers, who overcharge their clients for legal services. However, during a sensitive and stressful time, a divorce lawyer can be a very handy ally and companion. Divorce is a big life decision, and finding a good, trustworthy attorney should be a thorough and informed decision.