Reasons to Hire an Experienced Family Law Attorney
If you are thinking about filing for divorce, or if your spouse has initiated the divorce process, now is the time to make sure you have an experienced family law attorney on your side throughout the process. Here are some key reasons why.
Experience Assessing Divorce Options
To grant a divorce, the court requires that several issues be settled, including: the division of property, spousal support, child custody, and child support. When it comes to negotiating the terms of a divorce, the parties often leverage these issues against one another to achieve a more favorable outcome. Because family law attorneys are experienced handling divorce cases, they can tell you at the outset what course(s) of action would be best for you in proceeding with your divorce, and also how to take steps from there to ensure your goals are achieved.
As an outsider to your divorce, your attorney can be more objective about your case than you -- especially when encountering a highly contentious issue and emotions are running high. Additionally, attorneys are trained to approach cases objectively, and therefore are less likely to make rash decisions when handling your case. For example, you may be tempted to go for a quick resolution of property division through early settlement, but your attorney may counsel you that it is in your best interests to wait for a more fair and equitable division.
Paperwork and Red Tape
As with any case that goes to court, there's usually substantial paperwork. Of course, the amount varies from state to state and case to case. However, an experienced attorney can work through the maze of paperwork that can be necessary in resolving your divorce, so that you can get on with your life.
Experts and Consultants
When handling a divorce, especially in complex cases where the divorcing couple has extensive property and financial interests, experienced family law attorneys often work with a team of experts and consultants who have experience in specialized areas, and will speak knowledgeably to support arguments on the financial aspects of your case.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
An experienced family law attorney will know whether your divorce may be best resolved through alternative dispute resolution processes like mediation or collaborative family law -- potentially saving you time, money, and emotional energy.
Experience Working with Other Lawyers
An experienced family law attorney can deal most effectively and expediently with opposing counsel in the early exchange of information (the "discovery" process), during informal settlement negotiations, and in ADR or family court.
Favorable Settlement Agreements
Family law attorneys work hard to reach the best divorce settlement agreements for their clients, as early in the divorce process as possible.
Family Court Experience
If a trial becomes necessary, a family law lawyer can zealously represent you in court and work toward achieving the best possible jury verdict in your favor.
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