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Questions to ask your Divorce Lawyer

In these modern times, the rate of divorce has increased and according to a report, 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce. Divorce is a complicated matter and requires that the divorce attorney you hire has several years of experience in this field. An experienced divorce attorney can easily handle any kind of divorce case. There are some important things about divorce lawyers which you must know before hiring one for your case. Ask the following questions in your initial consultation with the attorney to help you in hiring a good attorney for your case.

Experience of an attorney is the most important thing when it comes to choosing a divorce lawyer, so first of all ask the lawyer about his/her experience in this field. Here are some questions to help you with this:

  1.  How many cases you have handled and how many of those were resolved out of court?
  2. Do you know the lawyer my spouse hired?
  3. Do you know the Family court judges and the way court works in my area?
  4. Do you have experience of the cases and have resolved any divorce cases that involved issues like child custody, large financial settlements or business valuation?

 

After asking about their experience, comes the procedure of handling the case:

  1. Will you handle my case alone or another attorney will help you? Who will handle the court appearances and the settlement meetings?
  2. Is the lawyer experienced who is going to help you in my case?
  3. How can I contact you, via phone or email?
  4. How can I contact you in the case of an emergency?
  5. What are your office hours?
  6. Will you give me copies of all the documents related to my case?
  7. Whom do I call if I want to ask any questions or if I have concerns about my case?
  8. Are you busy with other cases? Do you have enough time to devote to my case?
  9. Ask the lawyers views about joint custody versus sole custody and also about spousal support.

 

Process steps and the time needed for solving the case are also very important. Some questions to ask in this matter are:

  1. What are the steps involved in a divorce case?
  2. How much time will the case take?

 

The fee of a divorce lawyer is also a matter to pay attention to as there are many attorneys who charge too much for the case:

  1. What is your retainer fee and you fee per hour?
  2. If in my case we have to go to the court, then will there be any extra charges?
  3. How much do you charge for the phone calls made to me or to my spouse’s lawyer?
  4. How can I get my spouse to pay my lawyer’s fees?
  5. How much will you charge for giving me the documents related to my case?
  6. Will you charge extra other than the hourly charges?
  7. What happens if I can’t pay the bills?

Hiring a good lawyer for your divorce or family law matter is very important. You don’t need to spend a lot of money for an attorney but you need to make sure that the law firm will be working for you and protecting your interests in your divorce case.

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