If you’ve decided to get a divorce, it’s crucial that you hire a divorce lawyer right away, especially if you have children and have assets that need to be divided. It does not matter which state you live in, if you search for it online, you will see that there are many lawyers in this aspect of the law. The only question is, who do you hire?
Before making that kind of decision, you do need to make sure that you need a divorce attorney. If you live in a no-contest state, and you have no children and are on good terms with your spouse, you do not need a lawyer. Having a mediator is enough. A mediator may or may not be a lawyer, but they are professional mediators in divorce cases. Once the details of child custody and division of assets are ironed in mediation, you can quietly file for a divorce. However, if you feel the need to litigate, then you need to hire a divorce lawyer.
There are several places where you can look for a lawyer. You can do it the old-fashioned way and look up the Yellow Pages. You could also ask for recommendations from your friends. And there are other ways to hire a lawyer, like doing a search on Google or Yelp. Go to any of these websites and type “divorce lawyers” plus the name of your local area.
You don’t just hire any lawyer; you need to hire a good one. Unfortunately for you, it’s rather impossible to tell right from the website if a lawyer is a good one. Thankfully, you have an ally in Yelp and Google. When you do a local search, you will see immediately the star ratings and excerpts of customer reviews right below the name of a law firm.
Take note of the highly-rated lawyers and narrow them down to three. Call each of these lawyers for a consultation appointment. During a meeting, talk about your case in detail. What you want to do is to get a feel for the strategy that each lawyer will use when litigation comes. If you have a lot of things at stake in your children and your assets, you need to make sure that your lawyer is not the warrior type. More things can be accomplished if you settle things in the spirit of cooperation.