You’ve been served divorce papers and don’t know where to begin. Your friends and family have given you suggestions, but you’re not sure who to hire. Picking an attorney does not have to be a difficult or stressful process if you keep a few things in mind. Here are a few tips on where to begin.

Consider a Collaborative Divorce Attorney

Finding a collaboratively trained divorce attorney is beneficial because they are trained and focused on problem solving and not getting caught up in the litigated processes in a divorce. A Collaborative Divorce can make the separation more amicable and affordable if done correctly. For more information, please read my blog about Collaborative Divorce.

Choose An Attorney that Listens

Another very important quality of a divorce attorney is his or her ability to listen to the concerns of the client. It is understandable that a client is at his wits end during a difficult time.  A good attorney is already aware of the difficulties and she is there to listen respectfully and to give sound advice.  This is a huge plus.

Choose An Attorney Who is Settlement Oriented

Being settlement oriented does not mean that you’re weak.  The ideal attorney will not only have the knowledge and the experience you need, but she will also help you understand the process and come to a resolution of the issues in your divorce.  This means taking the time to explain what’s going on, helping you to take stock of your rights and obligations, needs and interests, guiding you to resolve the disputes to make the best decision possible and concluding your divorce so that you can move on to your future life.

Interview Attorneys

Interviewing a few divorce attorneys to get a feel for their style and how they work is helpful in picking a professional to work with.   You will get to know each other better, and if the conversation is positive, this will make the decision easier.  It is important to choose an attorney who is willing to take the time to listen and keep your best interests in mind.  Divorce is very personal and emotional and it is essential to find somebody that you have rapport with because you’re going to be working with the professional for potentially a year or more.  It is beneficial to check reviews on-line.

If you are needing assistance with your divorce, or are needing more information about our services, contact us at Kim Mediation and Law Center and get a free 15-minute phone consultation.