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When To Seek Second Opinions for your Divorce Case

Doctors and attorneys are both professionals that share many things in common.  Perhaps most relatable of all is that most people do not enjoy talking to either one, and will avoid it if possible.  This must be due to the negative connotations that accompany speaking either one.  Only sick people need doctors, and only people who have a problem need to speak to an attorney, right?  Another key item all good doctors and attorneys have in common is that they truly want the best for their respective patients and clients.  Think for a moment if you were to receive unfortunate medical news from a doctor, how would you react to this potentially life-altering information?

When a person receives a frightening and serious medical diagnosis, perhaps one that necessitates surgery, they will likely seek a second opinion.  It is only natural to seek confirmation or rejection because misdiagnosis of your health could have monumental consequences. If an automobile mechanic recommends an expensive repair, you’d probably like to confirm it with another mechanic before spending a lot of money. So why is it that clients want to get a second opinion on obtaining recommendations about property division, parenting time, child support, etc. when going through a divorce?

Seek a Second Opinion if Necessary

It is important to remember that once you are represented by an attorney, it is unethical for another attorney to speak with you about your family law case.  Therefore we recommend seeking more than one consultation if you are feeling unsure or have doubts about a particular law firm.  The average person is not remotely familiar with the subtle differences of the legal system, the judges you may be in front of, or just the complexity of legal strategy. When you are working with unfamiliar issues, it does make sense that you want to have all the information to make the best decisions for your case.

Family law can be complex. Getting a second opinion may be in your best interest if: 

  • If you’re not familiar with the law or the finer details of your case.
  • If it seems that your case is not moving forward and there is no concrete plan for your case.
  • You feel like you’re not being prepared for any hearings, trials, or depositions.
  • Your lawyer is neglecting to seek and receive thorough documents.
  • You can’t get concise answers or strategies from your attorney.
  • You butt heads with your lawyers, and you want confirmation that you are getting sound advice and your case is being handled properly.

The cost to get a second opinion is quite inexpensive compared to the cost of your case, much less than if you ended up getting a bad result. You may end up paying hourly for a lawyer’s time, but it is invaluable to get the best advice, strategy, and help to make decisions.

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