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Choosing to go through with a divorce is not a decision made lightly, so your choice for legal representation shouldn’t either. However, finding the correct attorney option can prove to be difficult, especially when your case is high risk. Our attorneys have created the following tips to help you choose the right lawyer for your case to ensure your money, time, and trust are respected thoroughly throughout the entire divorce process.

Be Decisive, Know What You Want

Going into the divorce process, it’s crucial to quickly identify what support you’re looking for, both emotionally and legally. If you are looking to handle the divorce in a more hands-off way, be honest and upfront about it. However, if you’re looking to have an involved attorney fighting in your corner, search for your attorney accordingly. 

Search For An Attorney that Meets Your Conditions

There are many attorneys, and every one of them takes different approaches. Some rely on mediation, while others can encourage to get courtroom support. Having decided what you want as an outcome of your divorce can help guide you to your ideal choice of legal representation. This information can also help you weed out the attorneys whose approach does not match your own. Both the client and attorney must be on the same page from the get-go. 


There are many ways to end a marriage, which route you take will significantly impact the course of your divorce. Therefore, it is important to research the options that best align with your divorce goals. Then you can decide on which process you’d like to go through (mediation, litigation, collaboration, etc.)

Options, Options, Options…

We understand the options can leave people uncertain of which attorney can be best for them. However, don’t give up your search. If you are unclear about certain processes, inform your potential attorney-to-be. You will know when it clicks, but don’t go signing with the first match. We recommend having at least three likely law firms in mind and choosing the best for you and your case.

Honest Consultations

In your initial meetings with attorneys, don’t get shy and let them take the lead; instead, ask as many questions as necessary to understand more about the attorney’s practice and how their process aligns with your goals. Tread carefully as things that sound too good to be true usually are. Always be on the watch for red flags. 

Focus is Key

The divorce process will prove to be highly emotional, even if both parties are collaborative. So, it is important not to sweat the small stuff and focus on your goals for your divorce. Your attorney should have the ability to go through what’s important and need prioritization, especially in these trying and distracting times. However, don’t lean entirely on your attorney’s decisions if you disagree with the terms.

Think, Often, Thoroughly, and Throughout the Entire Process

You will want to choose a legal representative that fully meets your goals at the end of the day. Pay attention to your attorney’s location, responsiveness, accommodations, and involvement. Keep your mind as clear as possible throughout the divorce proceedings and only work with attorneys that can support them. This process is going to take months, and in some cases, years. So, it’s important to have an expert family law attorney on your corner. 

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