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When you are looking for the right divorce lawyer to handle your divorce case, the first place you probably look is your hometown. This is understandable – you want to work with a local lawyer so you do not have to drive too far for your meetings. Another advantage of working with a local lawyer is his or her experience handling divorce cases in your county’s circuit court.
To find the right local lawyer, start with a search of “divorce lawyers near me.” However, the first lawyer whose website comes up might not necessarily be the right fit for your case. There are a few factors to consider when interviewing potential lawyers to handle your case, only one of which is his or her office’s location.
When you are comparing more than one prospective divorce lawyer side by side, consider the following:
Do not be afraid to discuss these topics during your consultation with each lawyer. A consultation with a lawyer is your opportunity to determine whether an individual or firm is the right fit for your case.
Although you certainly can file your divorce and complete the process on your own, divorcing without a lawyer can leave you vulnerable to many pitfalls and leave you with less of your marital assets or a smaller amount of custodial time with your child than you otherwise might have been awarded. Your divorce lawyer is your advocate. As such, his or her job is to guide you through each aspect of the divorce process and negotiate with other parties, such as the court and your former spouse’s lawyer, on your behalf.
In every divorce, the couple’s marital assets must be divided equitably between the partners. Equitable distribution means that the assets are not necessarily divided 50/50, but according to each party’s personal and financial needs.
If you are a parent, you will also need to develop child custody and child support arrangements. Child custody is the division of the child’s time with each parent and each parent’s right to make decisions about the child’s care. Child support is money paid from one parent to the other to help cover the costs associated with raising a child, such as the costs of a larger home and vehicle, additional food and utility bills, and the child’s need for necessities like clothing, personal items, and school supplies.
You might also want to discuss spousal maintenance with your lawyer. Spousal maintenance, sometimes known as alimony, is money paid from one former spouse to another to help him or her avoid financial distress while attending school or building his or her vocational skills to re-enter the workforce.
If you are considering filing for divorce in the near future, work with an experienced divorce lawyer who can be your advocate through each step of the divorce process and in the months and years that follow, if post-divorce legal issues come up. To get started with one of the experienced divorce lawyers at our firm, contact Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. today to schedule your initial consultation in our office.