How to find the right divorce lawyer first time

Choosing a suitable family law solicitor

When a relationship deteriorates to the point of a breakdown you will need to make the best of decisions during a very emotional and uncontrolled period in your life. Whether it be a divorce or dissolution, a breakdown of cohabitation or a temporary period of time and space, you will need to know your legal options and obligations if you are facing one of these situations.

When it comes to getting information on what to do legally in terms of your responsibilities and rights, you need to do it right away. The internet is helpful and friends and family will have advice and information they would be happy to dish out. You can look at the legal scandals online and in the media and feel compelled to avoid legal entanglement. With that being said your very best option is to hire a family law lawyer.

Conflict Between Married Couples Inevitably Leads to Divorce. Image credit: How Stuff Works

Here is some advice provided below on how to find the best family law lawyer in your area:

The First-Time Visit

Are you interviewing a lawyer that has a full case load of family law matters and only does family law? Will he or she meet you outside of the office or after hours? Is there a fee incurred during your first visit?

Past Cases

When it comes to your first appointment, be sure you conduct it with the solicitor and not a junior member of staff as they can often miss out on critical and time-related concerns that may impact the results of your case. You will want to find an attorney who has years of experience with family law and a winning track record.

Teamwork

If your solicitor is temporarily unavailable you will want to find a lawyer who has a team available and qualified to assist you while they are away. You will want a team of lawyers at your disposal if necessary with high qualifications if your solicitor is unavailable.

Are they Accredited with Independent Reviewers?

Before you select a solicitor to handle your case find out if they are accredited in family law from any independent bodies from the area that is in charge of accreditation of law firms in your area.

Can you Communicate Easily with your Solicitor?

Life happens twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. You may have questions and needs that need to be addressed outside of business hours. Be sure to find out if the solicitor you are selecting allows after-hours advice and consulting on your case as part of their service.

Mediation Can Go A Long Way to Helping Achieve an Amicable Divorce. Image credit: iStock

How much will Court Representation cost?

The fees and costs associated with representing you in court should be figured out and estimated before the case begins. You will be billed for things such as long distance phone calls, filing fees, investigators, long distance mileage and your lawyers expertise. You will want to agree upon a final price before your case comes to trial that both you and your attorney can agree with.

We suggest you contact a family law solicitor that you feel ticks all of the above boxes and you feel comfortable with. Divorce and separation is a messy business so expect a bumpy ride along the way.

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