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What else besides the divorce itself (e.g., settlement, property, assets) can a divorce attorney help with?
Outside of separation and asset questions, divorce attorneys can also help with things like custody claims and anticipation of potential legal issues with the divorce. Divorces can become drawn-out affairs, and even when settled, can factor into other family decisions.
Can a divorce attorney help with custody claims?
Yes, proceedings having to do with custody claims are among the main legal themes divorce attorneys deal with. Attorneys can help settle visitation schedules, as well as litigate on your behalf if these conditions are not met on the other side of the divorce.
What information should clients bring to a first meeting with a divorce attorney?
Be prepared to bring documentation such as previous tax filings, bank statements, proof of marital and work status, prenuptial agreements (if applicable), and any paperwork related to assets and property.
What is the best way to find a divorce attorney?
Searching online for reputed and local divorce attorneys is one of the easiest and most common ways to find representation. Other actions include soliciting referrals or searching for candidates through attorney organizations, like the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
What are questions to ask when meeting a divorce attorney?
Questions to ask include those related to: fee structures; anticipated amount of personal participation; the attorney's experience and specialties as they pertain to your case; the expected timeline; and what follow-up actions will be needed. If complications ensue with the divorce, some clients prefer to work with the same attorney, making follow-ups all the more important.
Should a couple have separate divorce attorneys?
It is widely recommended couples have separate divorce attorneys. Both sides usually want the same thing (child custody), and conflicts of interest would hamper a divorce attorney's ability to provide sound legal advice if engaged by both sides of a divorcing couple. However, using the same lawyer in the case of mediation is an exception to the rule.
How does the divorce process work once someone secures an attorney?
Once a divorce attorney is hired, the attorney will begin filing different motions or requesting other hearings on the client’s behalf. Clients will be required to appear at any depositions, and need to have a personal working relationship with the attorney to help achieve the best outcome.
What are the advantages of having a divorce attorney?
While success rates in all legal matters are markedly better with professional representation, advantages to hiring a divorce attorney are especially pronounced if a spouse has hired their own attorney, if they have been abusive, or if they have been negotiating personally in bad faith.
How much does a divorce attorney cost?
While a divorce attorney's fees may depend on location--a large city compared to a small town--and the complexity of the situation, clients can expect to pay between $15,000 and $20,000 overall when working with a divorce attorney.
What does a divorce attorney do?
Divorce attorneys provide legal advice in a number of areas having to do with family law, largely having to do with, but potentially not limited to, divorce. That can range from guiding a couple through the separation process to advocating on one side’s behalf in child custody proceedings.