A good divorce solicitor is a godsend. They can make the division of property, child custody decisions and every aspect of ending a marriage much simpler. There a number of qualities in a good divorce solicitor which you can look out for. These factors are easy to spot and by considering them when you are looking for a solicitor you can make your divorce much easier to deal with.
Listens - The most important thing to look for in a divorce law solicitor is how good they are at listening. You are going to need to share intimate details about your relationship with this person. It needs to be someone you can trust to listen to you. You need to feel comfortable talking to them. It's really important to meet a divorce solicitor before committing to their services. A face to face meeting can tell you lots more about a person than a hundred phone conversations.
Experienced - Much like you wouldn't get a plumber to fix you car you want a specialist in family law. A solicitor who works solely in divorce is going to be able to advise you much better than someone who practises in every area of law. When the outcome of the divorce could drastically affect your quality of life you really don't want a jack of all trades.
Affordable - It doesn't matter how good a solicitor is if you can't afford them. Ask early on how much their service are going to cost you. There's no reason to feel uncomfortable about asking the question, you wouldn't normally buy something with no idea of how much it costs. It is also worth remembering there isn't always a direct relationship between how much something costs and how good it is. Just because one solicitor is more expensive than another solicitor doesn't mean they are any better qualified to deal with your divorce.
Local - It's quite likely you will need to be in regular contact with your solicitor, for this reason its worth going for a local solicitor if one is available. It will make it much easier for you to organise to meet them and make you a more flexible & desirable client for the law firm.
Contactable - It important to be able to get in contact with the solicitor dealing with your divorce easily. Some solicitors are known for their evasiveness. A good tip is to try and contact your potential solicitor several times on the phone before signing up with them. That way you'll get a good idea of how difficult it will be to stay in contract during the duration of your divorce.
It's worth shopping around for a divorce solicitor. It will make your divorce go much smoother and make your life easier.