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Questions you should ask when consulting a divorce attorney

How long have you been practicing divorce law?
There is no substitute for experience. Knowing the judges, the local rules, and opposinglawyers is very beneficial. Having actual trial experience is also invaluable for a divorce lawyer, as is experience in drafting and negotiating Separation Agreements, Pleadings, and Court Orders.


How many cases of this type have you taken to trial?
Its one thing to have "handled" divorce cases, and quite another to have actually taken cases to trial. Most cases settle, and better attorneys are good at settling cases so court is not necessary.


What is the best way to achieve my goals?
What your asking for here is a road map. Good divorce lawyers with experience will have a road map or process that they generally follow in divorce case. Some cases require a simple separation agreement and property settlement, however you need to discuss all possibilities.


How much do you anticipate my case will cost?
Do not expect a family law attorney to promise you an exact fee quote, flat fees are just not workable or fair to anyone in most divorce cases. Each family law case is so different, and each client has different needs.


What should I be doing now to protect myself now?
Before you leave that office, make sure you have discussed what you should be doing until the next action step in your case. Should you be paying child support or alimony (PSS)? How should you deal with joint credit accounts or financial accounts? Immediate common sense actions can save you immeasurable amounts of trouble and substantial amount of money in many situations. 

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