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How to Choose the Right Divorce Attorney

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How to Choose the Right Divorce Attorney

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Because divorce is so common, there are likely thousands of divorce attorneys in your area. While each may be able to help you through the legal process of dissolving your marriage, it doesn’t mean that they will all be a good fit for you. So, how do you go about choosing the right divorce attorney for your circumstances? When you’re already dealing with the emotional upheaval of ending your marriage, trying to find a lawyer can be overwhelming.

Many people ask friends and family for their reviews and recommendations, and while reading testimonials may be a good idea, it’s best to listen to your own intuition and trust your initial impression, when selecting your attorney. Here are a few tips to keep in mind, as you search for a qualified Melbourne divorce lawyer:

  1. Do they specialize?

As there are many different types of marriages, there are many different types of divorces too. Some attorneys specialize in high-asset divorces, divorces involving children, uncontested divorces, or other special circumstances. Depending on your situation, you should select an attorney that has experience with exactly what you need.

  1. Do you want a collaborative experience?

Some couples wish to have a more cooperative, collaborative divorce than others, and this may require a different approach by your attorney. If you wish to seek mediation, make sure your attorney is a trained family law mediator. There are many lawyers that prefer working with uncontested divorces that don’t require courtroom litigation. However, if you do anticipate that…

  1. Do you need to go to court?

A fraction of divorce cases will be complicated and hostile enough to warrant a courtroom battle, and not all divorce attorneys excel in this. If you are already anticipating a fight, because of something like infidelity, financial dishonesty, or disputes over the children, it may be best to find a lawyer that emphasizes litigation.

  1. Do you feel heard, respected, and optimistic?

There are many competent divorce attorneys out there, but not all will be a good personal match for you. Take the time to set up interviews with at least 2-3 of them before making your decision. Trust your gut here; choose the one that truly listens to you, treats you with compassion, and helps you feel confident to handle whatever is ahead.

If you want to learn more about divorce law in Melbourne, or to set up your free consultation, reach out to us at Harnage Law today.