Choosing the Right Lawyer to Represent You in Your Divorce – From Dothan Law Group
When you are faced with a divorce, choosing the right divorce lawyer is an essential step in the litigation process. A divorce usually involves complex legal issues such as property division, child custody, child support, alimony, division of assets, and division of debts. Hiring a lawyer that does not have experience with divorces in Alabama could have long-term detrimental effects. Here are some tips to help you successfully choose a divorce lawyer that is right for you.
- Decide what kind of divorce you want.
Not all divorces have to be nasty or ugly. If you want to keep things civil between you and your spouse, but just need some help coming up with a settlement agreement, then you need to find a divorce lawyer that will accommodate those desires. Like many professional services, you need to find a divorce attorney that fits your personality and can achieve your goals all the while protecting your interests and fighting for your rights. It is important that you first decide if your divorce will be a contested divorce or uncontested divorce.
Uncontested divorces are the fastest, cheapest, easiest way to get divorce. Although it is natural to want to get a divorce as fast, as cheap, and as easy as possible, uncontested divorces are not always the best way to get divorced. If you and your spouse cannot agree on a child custody arrangement, then that means that there is an issue in your divorce that is contested. This means that a contested divorce is right for you. But don’t be fooled. Just because your divorce is contested does not mean that you need to run into court or throw mud at the other party.
It is important that you choose a lawyer that matches the divorce process you want. If you want an amicable divorce, do not hire a “bulldog” lawyer that will only escalate the conflict in your divorce. On the other hand, if your spouse has hired one of these so-called “bulldog” lawyers, you need to make sure that you hire a divorce attorney that can handle that level of conflict in your divorce.
- Find a lawyer who is experienced in family law.
Throughout your divorce, you should have an experienced family lawyer by your side. A divorce is not the time to use your cousin’s boyfriend’s best friend from college who primarily does estate planning. You need a divorce attorney. That does not mean that your lawyer needs to only do divorce, but you need an attorney that litigates divorces often enough to know your legal issues and how to handle them.
- Ask around.
Everyone knows someone who has gone through a divorce. Do not be afraid to ask around and get feedback from those who have been “in the trenches.” Getting a personal referral for a divorce attorney is a good source to finding a lawyer to fit your needs.
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