Going through a divorce is one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through. Because the attorney you hire will be representing you for several months, a year, or more, you want the security of knowing you are in reputable hands. What makes a great divorce lawyer great is not only that they have the credentials and experience, but that they have a personality that fits yours. No matter how professional and well-recommended a lawyer is, you won’t have an ideal attorney-client relationship if you feel uncomfortable from the start.
Looking for the best divorce attorney might take time. You may need to schedule consultations with several different attorneys before you decide who to hire. You should feel comfortable interviewing lawyers as that is an opportunity to gauge personal rapport and to obtain additional information that will help you make an informed decision. Fortunately, there are several qualities that separate good divorce attorneys from great ones. These can help guide your decision.
Here’s what to look for
First and foremost, an attorney needs effective communication skills. During your case, you will need to share your concerns and understand all of the legal issues. In return, your attorney should convey information to you clearly and accurately, and make you feel included in the process. Similarly, your attorney must be able to communicate with your spouse and your spouse’s attorney during negotiations – and the court if you have to litigate.
Secondly, you want an attorney who is not only seasoned, but one that has experience with divorce and family law cases similar to yours in particular. For example, if you have a high-conflict custody, or a substantial net worth, you need a divorce lawyer who is knowledgeable in those specific areas. A solid quality of a strong attorney is one that expands their ability through continuing education opportunities.
To prepare a legal defense attorneys have to synthesize copious amounts of research into effective strategies. They should be “big picture thinkers,” with a keen attention to detail. Furthermore, attorneys must have exceptional judgment in the decisions they make and be creative when trouble-shooting problems that arise.
Not every divorce case goes to court, but if yours does, you want a lawyer who is appropriately competitive and can focus under pressure. After all, your interests are being represented, and your voice needs to be heard. You want an attorney who has the drive, confidence and perseverance to get the best possible outcome of your trial.
Looking at the whole picture
Every family law situation is different, and every lawyer is different. Many attorneys have the training and experience it takes to win cases but there may only be a handful who will develop great rapport with you. Finding the best divorce attorney may take some time, but you need an attorney you can trust and who will advocate for your best interests.
Buncher Law is a full service family law firm that handles complex high asset divorce, property division, child support & custody issues, paternity, non-marital cohabitation claims and mediation. While they work to settle cases, they also offer representation that works aggressively to protect you and your best interests should litigation arise.