One of the most important decisions you will make when going through a divorce is choosing who you will retain to be your divorce attorney. Having the right attorney—one who is not only skilled at his or her craft but also one who you feel comfortable and confident with—is crucial to having a successful divorce.
When meeting with a divorce attorney for the first time, there are several areas that you should make sure you find out information about. These areas include:
Attorney and Legal Fees
The amount an attorney charges, including their hourly rate, any required retainer, and other possible attorney and legal fees, is something that every attorney should be forthcoming with. No one needs any surprise fees, especially while going through such a life-changing event. Although an attorney cannot predict the exact amount your divorce may cost, he or she should be able to explain the standard charges, as well as situations that could come up which could cause those costs to increase.
Your Spouse’s Attorney
It is not uncommon for the attorneys of divorcing spouses to know each other professionally and to have worked on opposing sides of the courtroom in other cases. Although you may think it is better if there is a strong dislike between the attorneys, it can actually be more beneficial if there is mutual respect between your attorney and your spouse’s attorney. This means the two may actually work better together in moving the case along, rather than dragging it out longer because of the animosity between the two lawyers.
Areas of Law Practiced
Divorce and family law are complicated, and the statutes concerning these laws are frequently changing. It is critical that your attorney is constantly up to date on what those laws are. Having an attorney that focuses on one area of law, rather than one who practices in several, could help ensure that your best interests are protected in the divorce process.
The Firm’s Staff
Often, it is not just the attorney you may be dealing with, but also other members of the firm’s staff, such as your attorney’s legal assistant or paralegal, and possibly other attorneys at the firm. Meeting these people can help you decide if this attorney and the firm are a good fit for you and your divorce.
Contact a DuPage County Divorce Attorney
At Andrew Cores Family Law Group, our attorneys strive to provide the best possible service to all of our clients and to guide you through an approach to your divorce that meets your personal needs. If you are considering a divorce, contacting an experienced Wheaton, IL divorce lawyer is the first step. Call 630-871-1002 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation.