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Child Custody Lawyers Offer Tips For Choosing a Divorce Attorney

family-splitChoosing the right divorce lawyer is one of the most important decisions faced by those going through a divorce. Getting divorced can be stressful and working with an experienced family law attorney who specializes in divorce can provide peace of mind.

Having an experienced divorce lawyer ensures that one receives what they are entitled to and that their rights, assets and family are protected. Some of the pressures and frustrations of going through a final separation can be alleviated by using an experienced divorce attorney.

The intricacies of divorce proceedings can be handled by the attorney and confusing paperwork and proceedings explained. This keeps the client informed on everything happening throughout divorce process without adding stress.

Some couples have been amicable enough to negotiate their child custody, spousal support orders and property division matters on their own and have settled divorce mediation out of court. An attorney is only needed to assist with legal documents and mediation.

The client should look for someone with the experience and knowledge needed to protect their rights. Just because they are an attorney does not mean they are savvy in all divorce matters. The statutes on divorce law vary from state to state.

Divorce can be based on irreconcilable differences and it is not necessary for the couple to prove grounds for divorce.

Some states are a community property state. This means any property acquired or money earned by either party during the course of marriage to the time of separation is considered community property.

Community property laws apply to businesses, real estate holdings and even pets acquired by the couple. Other potential sources of contention in the divorce process have been child visitation and permanent support orders, such as alimony and child support.

Since trial expenses and court fees add up quickly, hiring a divorce lawyer to mediate property division and support order decisions could save the couple time and money by enabling them to settle out of court.

An attorney can help mediate a divorce settlement between the couple out of court before their case even goes to trial. The couple saves money in court fees and they can remain in control of the decisions made.

A client should consult with several divorce attorneys and interview each in person to get a feel for the right one before making a decision.

Some key questions to ask any attorney before a decision to hire is made:

1- What percentage of their practice is family law?

2- How long have they been practicing?

3- What percentage of their divorce cases go to trial?

4- What are the attorney’s expectations of their client?

5- Who in the office will be handling the case?

6- Are they certified by the state bar association to practice divorce law?

7- Have they ever been disciplined by the state bar association?

8- What are the attorney’s client services policies?

9- How will they keep the client updated on the status of the case?

If there is something the client wants to know – they should ask. This interview is like any other. This is the time to find the candidate they want to work with and weed out the ones they don’t.