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What are some tips for finding the right divorce attorney for me?

Deciding that your marriage is over can be one of the most difficult decisions you may ever make. Unfortunately, there are generally many more difficult decisions coming. One of those decisions is who you will retain as your divorce attorney.

This is an important choice and one that you should not take lightly. Simply picking the first one you see on the Internet is not the wisest choice. Here are some tips to make the decision a bit easier:

Know what type of attorney you need

Not all attorneys approach a divorce case the same way. Some are very aggressive, while others prefer to support their clients during mediation. Some are very experienced in high asset divorces, while others excel in helping their clients with child custody cases. Determine the type of divorce attorney you want before you start your search.

Look in the right places

A good way to being your search is to gather names from family and friends. References from those who have personally used an attorney's services carry more weight than a second-hand recommendation from someone you don't know very well. Your local Bar Association of the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers can help you, too.

Interview possible lawyers

You need to ask the right questions when you begin interviewing attorneys. Clearly state your situation, as well as your goals in the divorce. Many attorneys also offer free consultations, which can help you speak with an attorney without spending any money. This can be a big benefit.

You should ask how long the attorney has been practicing, if he or she will be doing most of the work, how much actual trial experience he or she has and what his or her payment structure is like.

Choosing a divorce attorney can have a profound impact on your case. Be sure to choose your divorce attorney based on his or her qualifications and experience.

Source: Reader's Digest, "Divorcing? Follow These Steps to Find the Right Divorce Lawyer for You," Courtney Knowles, accessed April 14, 2017

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