Going through a divorce can be challenging. Everything begins when one spouse seeks divorce and files a complaint in the appropriate court. Then a copy of the complaint is served to the other spouse, who is called the defendant. The defendant then has 30 days to file a written response to the complaint. At this point, you should consider hiring a divorce attorney. Making an informed decision on your legal representation can help you resolve this matter knowing that someone has your best interests in mind. Here are 10 questions to ask before hiring a divorce attorney:
- Is divorce law your specialty or just a part of the practice?
Many legal practices have divorce lawyers who may not necessarily specialize in divorce law. Be sure the practice you plan to hire is an expert in your specific situation.
- How many years of experience do you have with divorce cases?
With experience comes wisdom, and for your divorce, inquire about the experience and outcome of cases with your potential attorney.
- How many custody cases have you handled? Have you represented clients in family court?
Dealing with children during a divorce can be tough. An experienced family law attorney can take the stress out of the custody situation.
- How much will this cost me?
Ask about hourly fees, retainers, and any additional fees. Make sure that your lawyer is within your budget and is can effectively fulfill your case’s needs.
- How long does this process take?
In the state of Georgia, many cases can be settled in as quickly as 31 days. However, others can take longer depending on various factors. Outline your case to your potential attorney to get a reasonable timeline on when your case can be completed.
- Who will be working on my case?
Learn exactly who will be working on your case. You will be sharing personal and private information with them and getting to know your attorney is key.
- Discuss communication. How do I get a hold of you if there is an emergency?
Ask your potential attorney how to get in touch with him/her when there is an immediate need.
- What is your practice’s outlook on mediation vs litigation?
Spouses can work out divorce terms on their own in meditation; others require in-court litigation. Know your practice’s view on both procedures.
- Have you handled cases like mine?
Ask your potential practice if they are familiar with situations like yours – understanding the complexities surrounding your case.
- What is worth fighting for and what is not?
Experienced lawyers can help you think clearly about reasonably splitting assets. Don’t be afraid to get your lawyer’s professional opinion during any part of your divorce process.
Hiring a divorce attorney is a big step and this list is just a starting point to help you in selecting a lawyer. To get started on your divorce case, schedule a consultation by contacting our team at (770) 212-9168 today. We are here to protect your rights and interests.