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A Look at Divorce Lawyers

Mar 28, 2008
There may come a point in your marriage when a breakup is inevitable and if that happens a good divorce lawyer will be the first item on a list of things to do; some advice on what to look for is below:

Fully qualified to deal with your case
Have the proper demeanor
Be trusted by their clients

Whilst it is nice to know your attorney is good in divorce battles it will be to your advantage to choose one with a good mediation record. It also follows that you feel comfortable with them and feel confident they will serve you well.

Adversarial attorneys will use the hammer to crack a walnut approach which often happens when these cases go to court whereas an attorney who specializes in mediation will take a much calmer approach. Planning is all important and whilst there are things you need to prepare for, any contact with your divorce lawyer should be brief and to the point.

Costs are always an issue so write down everything you want to ask and in a logical order always making sure there is an accurate record of times dates and the duration of conversations. Keep a record of all correspondence and conversations and try where possible to have conversations on the phone which will reduce the amount of time required to see them in person.

Your attorney is there for advice and any foreseeable legal actions so do not rely on them for anything but what you are paying them for, and especially not as a shoulder to cry on. The behavior of your spouse, unless pertinent to the divorce, is of no concern to your divorce lawyer and will only distract them from the task at hand.

You really want your lawyer to know that you are in control and in charge of what is going on and that they are to help you with legal and technical issues and not to get your life straight. 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. As the person paying for their service, you should expect to be sent copies of any relevant documents and if there are any issues that need to be clarified that a prompt response by them is expected.

Don't think that you have to enter into proceedings armed with a lawyer in tow as they aren't always necessary although you may wish to speak to one just for advice on a marital settlement for example. In these circumstances you may only need to write down any issues you are unsure about and speak to your lawyer regarding those, and possible outcomes. Marital settlements are something that can be arranged by the individuals involved and then have them checked by a divorce lawyer; then if things don't work out, the lawyer can always be hired to make the divorce settlement.
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