Going through a divorce can be a confusing and emotionally taxing time in a person’s life. There are many decisions to be made about how life will move forward after the divorce, and one of the most important decisions to be made is who to hire as your divorce attorney.
It is a good idea to meet with several attorneys, if possible, before making a final decision. Moreover, it is additionally important to prepare for each initial meeting.
Depending on how you want to handle your divorce, you can ask your divorce attorney if he or she has experience with mediation and arbitration. Take the opportunity to learn about mediation and what steps the attorney would implement if mediation does not work. Remember, however, that medication will not be an option if your spouse refuses to mediate.
You should also ask about the average or estimated cost of the divorce, and how the attorney will charge you. Whether the attorney charges a flat fee versus a per hour fee can make a difference to the overall cost of the divorce. Along this line, ask the attorney who else will be working on your case, and how the services for that person’s work will be charged. Remember to ask whether the fees the attorney charges will be required in one lump sum, or if you can work with a payment plan.
Communication with your attorney is very important when you are going through a divorce, especially if you have children. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you can reach your attorney at reasonable hours during the work day, and in an emergency. You should ask the attorney how he or she prefers to communicate—by email or telephone—and how long he or she regularly takes to return calls from a client if he or she is unavailable when the client calls.
Additionally, if you have children, you want to find out if the attorney has any experience dealing with child-related issues in a divorce. Child-related issues can sometimes be the only factor that parents cannot agree on when it comes to settling the divorce. It is important to have an attorney who has experience in these matters so you can find out more about your chances of having primary parental responsibility when it comes to your children.
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If you have made the decision to file for divorce, or have been served with papers indicating your spouse has filed for divorce, you need to hire an experienced divorce attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation with our compassionate and experienced DuPage County divorce attorneys at Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC today for assistance.