How to choose a divorce attorney

by | Apr 4, 2013 | Criminal Law

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Not every marriage lasts forever no matter how much a couple tries. When the decision to divorce is finally reached choosing an excellent Green Cove Springs lawyer can be a daunting task. The attorney that you select can be with you from the beginning of the process to the end or, if you and your spouse are amicable, the attorney can be called upon for initial advice, evaluation and feedback on the settlement you propose. Regardless of how much or how little you use the attorney, he will not be the same one who helped you with your will.

The Green Cove Springs lawyer that you chose will be experienced in family law, which in itself is a unique branch of law. In certain states the attorneys who do divorce work are board certified in family law. To gain this certification they need to prove that they have significant experience in family law matters and they have to pass a test. Once certified they must maintain it by taking continuing education each year. The continuing education that they take to maintain their certification is at least twice that of a non certified attorney. The reason for ongoing education is that the laws change frequently, and when certified, the Green Cove Springs lawyer can charge more for his services because of the in depth knowledge and experience.

Divorce is a stressful time for all parties:

When you first sit down with the divorce attorney, you need to feel comfortable. This is a stressful time and the last thing you need is to be spoken to in “legalize,” furthermore you may have to divulge some deep dark secrets about yourself and your marriage. If the marriage resulted in children you must look for an attorney that puts the children’s requirements first and that you should not expect to win unreasonable demands for custody, visitation or support.

Not all lawyers are created equal, some are experts in criminal law, others in corporate law, your need is for a Green Cove Springs lawyer who has the skills and background to represent you well and get the job done with a minimum of fuss. There are many situations where a divorce attorney is called upon to assist in negotiating the terms of a divorce agreement, a person who can solve problems as they arise, a person who works well with clients and can often find the ideal compromise. You and your spouse may wish to avoid court but in the event this happens you want your lawyer to have a record of court room exposure and success. If you know from the beginning that the divorce will be difficult, then getting a Green Cove Springs lawyer with court room experience is a must.

When choosing your divorce attorney do not put trappings up front. A nice office is not indicative of the lawyers skills and don’t equate high fees with success.

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