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The divorce attorney that you choose to handle your case will have a significant impact on how easy the process is for you. For example, an attorney who has an extensive professional network can rely on his or her contact, who might be child custody evaluators, real estate appraisers, and accountants, to help you attain a favorable settlement. Naturally, you want to work with a divorce attorney who works in or near your hometown. Along with this, it is important that you work with an attorney who you feel you can trust and who has experience working with clients who faced similar issues to the issues you are facing with your divorce.
Determining the right divorce attorney to represent your case will require some research on your part. After searching for all the divorce attorneys who work in your area, schedule consultation with each, during which you should ask a few general questions about how they work, including:
Ask more specific questions about your case as well, such as whether the attorney has experience with military divorces if you or your spouse are a member of the military or how your child’s special needs will be considered when determining an appropriate child support order. Some divorce attorneys specialize in specific types of divorce, such as divorces between same sex couples or collaborative divorces.
The divorce attorney you choose to represent your case will then guide you through each step of the divorce process. The steps you take to finalize your divorce will depend on whether you divorce through litigation or a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and the number of determinations that need to be made in your divorce settlement. If you were not married long and have relatively few assets, reaching your divorce settlement will likely be easier than it would be for a couple who has been married for a few decades and has numerous assets.
Your attorney can explain the processes involved in each of the determinations in your divorce settlement. If you are a parent, a child custody arrangement will need to be determined, which will require the court to examine both your and your spouse’s income, age and health, and current living conditions. Other factors to be considered include your child’s need for specialized medical care or academic attention, as well as his or her relationship with each parent and the others present in each parent’s household. If you or your spouse plan to seek spousal maintenance, issues like the length of your marriage, your assets, and both partners’ earning capacities will be examined to determine a fair maintenance amount.
Finally, your attorney will act as your advocate. He or she will talk you through your interactions with the court and answer any questions you have about the divorce process or your settlement.
If you are considering filing for divorce or if you have already begun the process and you now need to find the right attorney to represent your case, consider working with one of the experienced divorce attorneys at Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. Contact our firm today to schedule your initial consultation in our office.