When you decide to get a divorce, you need a divorce attorney with whom you have a good rapport and you are able to communicate your needs. You need someone you trust to help you make life-changing decisions that may have a monumental and lasting impact on your future. Friends may recommend someone to you, but that is not enough. The more information available to you, the better it will be in the long run.
You can start by going online to learn about an attorney’s experience and if they primarily focus their practice on family law. Although you can find out information online, you also need to consult with an attorney for an initial interview before you make your final selection.
Questions to Ask in An Initial Interview
The only way to tell you if you have a rapport with the attorney and feel that she is someone you can trust to help you navigate the difficult path of divorce, is to have a formal consultation with her. Some questions to ask include:
- Are you experienced in handling divorces with complicated asset division issues?
- What options do you offer for how to conduct the divorce? Do you use solely traditional litigation, mediation, or collaboration?
- If my case is not amenable to mediation or collaboration, can you pursue it using traditional litigation?
- What is the best way to communicate with you? Phone calls? Email?
- How much experience do you have in child custody issues and what process do you use in deciding this?
- Can you make referrals to other professionals if the issues become complicated (like child psychologists, financial specialists, and others)?
If you feel you and the attorney are on the same page and if you are aligned in your philosophy of how the case should be handled, then you should be comfortable working with that attorney. This is important because it could potentially take a long time to work through the issues in a divorce case.
Attorneys at Kim Mediation and Law Center Will Answer Your Questions
Our attorneys at Kim Mediation and Law Center want to understand your unique situation. We spend the time with you that you need to answer your questions and to be sure you feel comfortable with the approach we think is best for your divorce case. Contact us to schedule a consultation.