Other than, potentially, criminal cases where a person’s liberty is at stake, divorces are often the most emotionally challenging cases in which a person can be involved. The division of assets, retirement accounts, assigning debts, as well as determining all of the issues with children of the marriage are difficult for both parties. Choosing an attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable as to all of the possible concerns in a divorce is the best way to lift some of the stress.
A person facing divorce can take several steps ahead of time to be sure they hire the best divorce lawyer. First, they should make themselves aware of what a Florida divorce entails. The Florida Bar Association provides a pamphlet on its website which serves as a good introduction to the potential issues.
Next, the individual and potential party should use the pamphlet to make a list of questions they want to ask any lawyers they interview. The questions may also relate to the attorney’s experience, their fees and payment options, as well as what the divorce lawyer expects of their clients. This should be a written list and updated anytime another question arises.
Then attorneys in the area can be located by using a simple internet search or even referring to an old-fashioned telephone directory. Looking at the advertisements will often reveal a lot about a lawyer, but many good attorneys choose not to spend a lot of money on advertising, preferring to rely on word of mouth and referrals to keep them busy.
Another good idea is to look at the websites of any divorce lawyers the person is considering. Reading their blogs and the attorney biographies is often a great way to get an initial impression of a divorce lawyer or law firm before scheduling an in-person consultation.