A divorce attorney offers legal counsel to men/women who are going through a divorce. They help their clients walk through the complicated process of this legal action and translate lawful jargon into layman’s terms in order for the client to fully understand the procedure and conclude the marriage quickly and fairly.
Duties of a Divorce Lawyer
The divorce lawyer would essentially be your legal link with the opposing party. With his knowledge in family law, the attorney will be able to advise you on a number of things including fair alimony, disputes over child custody, proper separation of properties and assets, prenuptial agreements, and basically anything else that relates to the divorce. Part of their duty is to perform thorough research that could be used as evidence to help your claim. Attorneys would also lend a hand in interpreting and explaining contracts and informing the opposing counsel of your preferences or conditions. The lawyer would also provide you with sound advice in case of problems, present you with different scenarios to help with a decision and essentially provide the legal know-how to ensure that you will get your fair share as the marriage concludes.
Choosing a Divorce Attorney
When choosing a divorce attorney, the first thing you should seek is a license verifying their right to practice within the state. Note though that passing the State’s bar exam is not enough. You should look for a lawyer who specializes in civil law and could therefore provide in-depth information about the divorce legalities practiced in your state.
Now, there are several ways to find a good divorce lawyer. You can first try asking friends and relatives for recommendations or perhaps seeking the opinion of other professionals such as accountants, engineers or therapists. You can also try going through the list of American Bar Association (ABA) lawyers focusing on family law.
Of course, experience is still the best indicator of a good lawyer. How long has he been in practice and has he handled a case that is similar to yours? How did it end up? You have every right to interview a divorce lawyer before choosing to hire one, so take the time to learn as much as you can about them. Additional points are usually added to lawyers who actively participate in the ABA or have published articles and taught in the past since this indicates extensive experience.
Money-wise, divorce lawyers come in all financial brackets so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding one that falls within your budget. Most first consultations are available for free which should give you ample time to assess his knowledge and experience on the subject. Make sure to inquire about the attorney’s hourly rates at the end of the session.
Lastly, don’t forget about personal compatibility with your chosen divorce lawyer. There is a good chance that the two of you will be spending hours during the process, making it crucial for you to communicate well with each other. Choose a lawyer who listens to what you have to say, patient in explaining the salient facts and essentially makes it easier for you to understand the whole procedure.