Making the decision to end your marriage is never an easy one. Once you have reached that decision though, it is critical you seek advice from a competent family law attorney. During this emotional time you will have questions that need accurate answers. Selecting the right attorney can help put you at ease during an otherwise difficult time. But if you’ve never had to use an attorney for anything before, it can be overwhelming making a choice.
Think of it this way, when you take a flight, you have a choice of airline. And some people painstakingly pore over website after website trying to find the best deal. Hours of research can be spent trying to plan a trip. So when your children’s’ well-being is at stake, you should take the same time and effort into finding a lawyer that fits your needs. Some good tips when searching for an attorney include:
● Referrals: if you have a friend, family member, or clergyman you trust, seek their advice. Using an attorney that comes recommended is always nice because you can ask people their experience and know what to expect.
● Honesty: once you make a decision and meet with an attorney, be sure and tell him or her the entire story. A good lawyer is sometimes only as good as the information given by the client.
● Ask questions: knowing up front how fees are billed and paid, the number of cases handled by the attorney in the past, which staff members will be assisting on your case, how often the attorney has tried a case and if kids were involved, and making sure you are updated at every step of the way are just a few of the questions you should ask at your initial meeting.
The most important thing is to be comfortable with your attorney. When going through a divorce you will be revealing very private information about yourself to your attorney and may feel vulnerable. If you are not at ease and open with the facts of your case your attorney’s hands are somewhat tied. Take the time to make a decision that fits your needs, and remember there are no bad questions! Our staff is sensitive to the confidential nature of the information provided by our clients, and fosters trusting working relationships with the people we help on a daily basis.
Our staff of competent family law attorneys in Stuart and the Treasure Coast is familiar with family law cases and advocate for results that work for you. We work with you to reach satisfactory results while looking out for what’s best for you, your children, and your family. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.