Going through a divorce and contested child custody proceeding is difficult. Parties to family law cases should surround themselves with a strong support system, including friends, family, and the right attorney. The right attorney can help you to understand your rights, achieve your goals, and avoid future problems. With so much at stake in divorce and custody actions, choosing the right attorney is a crucial step to protect yourself and your future.
First, understand that your family law case is inherently personal. Chances are, you will have to share a lot of personal details with your attorney, and you may not be accustomed to sharing such sensitive information with a relative stranger. Accordingly, you should choose an attorney that makes you feel comfortable. If your personality does not mesh with your attorney’s, it will be harder to express yourself and convey your concerns.
Next, consider your preferred approach to your divorce and determine whether that approach is consistent with your attorney’s strategies and demeanor. For example, if you are hoping to have a quick and uncontested divorce, you may not want to choose an attorney who is renowned for his or her aggressive strategies. Conversely, selecting an attorney who is pushing you to settle when you feel it is essential to go to court over important issues will leave you dissatisfied.
Third, consider your preferred method of communication and whether your potential attorney can accommodate this. Some attorneys will respond to text messages and emails, while others will prefer face-to-face meetings to answer any questions or concerns. Think about which style fits you best and ask questions about this during your initial meeting.
Finally, you need to be open and honest with yourself and your potential attorney about any budgetary restrictions. It will not serve you well to hire the most expensive attorney you can find only to result in you running out of financial resources half-way through your case. This could result in you not having any representation at all, which is highly undesirable, especially when your spouse has an attorney. Attorneys are more than willing and open to having conversations about budget and possible costs of representation from the very beginning, so make sure that you share your concerns with a potential attorney to make sure you can consistently afford that lawyer throughout your case.
We have helped many clients with a large variety of needs with their family law cases. Contact us today at 651-464-7292 to talk about your case and how we can help you meet your goals for your future.