Filing for divorce, modifying your divorce decree, and trying to get custody of your children are some of the most common matters in family law. Your chances of succeeding increase if you retain an attorney to fight for you, but how do you find a good attorney? There are many venues you can turn to when looking for a family law attorney. This article is a quick guide to finding the representation that is right for you.
First, it's important that you consider your situation. How much work will need to be done and what is its relative importance to your life? Do you feel it will take an experienced attorney with a high billable rate, or is it something that could be accomplished by a less experienced attorney whose prices are lower? Knowing exactly where your matter stands is the first step to finding the attorney that can best represent you in your family law matter. For fathers, you might want to focus your search on attorneys who fight for paternity rights.
If you have no idea where to begin or need to have someone analyze the scope of your case, get a few recommendations from family or friends. Previous clients are in the best position to tell you exactly what they liked--or didn't like--about their attorney, and you should listen up. They can give you useful advice on what to look for and what to avoid.
Once you've narrowed down your search, schedule an initial consultation with the attorney you feel is best suited for your type of case. Take any relevant papers with you to the meeting and be prepared to ask questions and get feedback. Don't sign any agreements until you are sure you are ready to move forward. Once the agreement is signed and the retainer fee paid, your attorney is ready to begin work on your case.