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If you are in the process of searching for a divorce lawyer to represent your claim or if you are planning to begin this process soon, you are probably searching for lawyers in your hometown or close by. Working with a local lawyer can not only ensure that your lawyer knows the nuances of your county’s circuit court, it means it is easy for you to reach your lawyer for any in-person meetings you need.
But finding your ideal divorce lawyer requires more than typing “divorce attorneys near me” into your browser and clicking on the first link. Take the time to speak with a few different lawyers in your area to determine who is the best fit for your budget and your goals for the divorce.
Although you can complete the divorce process without a lawyer’s help, you are advised to hire a competent lawyer to handle the process on your behalf. Your lawyer can ensure that none of your case’s deadlines lapse and that all necessary paperwork is filed in the correct manner.
Your lawyer can also be your advocate as you progress through the divorce process. At the very least, your divorce will involve the division of your marital property between you and your spouse. If you are a parent, issues of child custody and child support must also be determined. You might also want to seek spousal support or find yourself facing a request for support from your former partner. Your lawyer can help you identify your goals for each of these divorce components and work with you to reach them.
During your initial consultation with an attorney, ask the following questions:
If you have specific concerns, such as whether your prenuptial agreement will be upheld or how child custody is determined, ask these during your consultation as well.
Once you begin working with a divorce attorney, discuss different scenarios that could potentially crop up during your divorce. For example, you might face a false allegation of domestic violence or suspect that your spouse is hiding assets. Talk to your lawyer about how to effectively handle these issues if they occur. Your lawyer should also discuss the possibility of working with outside professionals, such as a child custody evaluator or a business appraiser, during the divorce process. Your lawyer can explain the relevant state laws to you and how they will impact your case.
If you are considering filing for divorce or you have another family law issue to resolve, contact our team of experienced divorce attorneys at Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. to schedule your initial legal consultation in our office. We can advise you through the divorce process according to your specific needs and help you reach a fair, favorable divorce settlement.