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What to Ask Your Prospective Divorce Attorney
August 14, 2020 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire | Main Office

What to Ask Your Prospective Divorce Attorney

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You have made the difficult decision to get divorced and it is time to choose a divorce attorney. A very important part of selecting an attorney is the initial consultation. Make sure you ask the right questions at this time to select the attorney and to prepare for the divorce proceedings. You will want to know about the attorney's experience, how the law applies to you, fees, and more. Prepare for your consultation with your questions for the divorce lawyer you will be interviewing. You want the initial consultation to determine whether this is the right attorney for you and your divorce.

It is important to have an experienced lawyer if you are dealing with a custody dispute or significant assets. Find out how long the attorney has been practicing divorce law, how many cases they've handled, and how many cases have led to a trial. You want to make sure that your lawyer is successful in front of a judge.

Find out if others in the law firm will be working on your case. Find out who will be handling the different aspects of your case and the relevant fees. Know who your main contact will be and how to best communicate with them.

What will the fee structure be for your divorce? Is it a flat fee or an hourly rate? Find out if there are additional charges for phone calls, copies, private investigators, psychologists, etc. Will a retainer be required? Get an estimate for all charges for your divorce.

Talk to the attorney about how to start divorce proceedings. If you have children find out about custody, visitation, and child support calculations. Find out how the court determines alimony and the division of assets. When will you get your property after the divorce is final?

Be prepared for how long your divorce will take. Ask the lawyer for an estimate for the length of time for your divorce.

Find out if you need to protect yourself or your assets as you go through the divorce process. How should you handle joint credit cards, bank accounts, and investment portfolios? What should you do to stop your spouse from harassing you or spending money to reduce marital assets? What are the implications if you decide to move out?

Every divorce is different. Some are very complex and others are fairly straightforward. Find out how your divorce attorney will handle the process. Ask the right questions to better understand the process and to determine who the right attorney is for you. Contact Shoffner & Associates to answer your questions and navigate your way through the divorce process.

With the right help, you are more likely to succeed. The attorneys at Shoffner & Associates will be happy to help you.

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