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 will have an experienced family law attorney on your side throughout the process. Following are some reasons why.
EXPERIENCE ASSESSING DIVORCE OPTIONS. Family law attorneys are experienced handling divorce cases like yours and can tell you at the outset what course(s) of action would be best for you in proceeding with your divorce -- including your options in areas like child custody, division of property/finances, and child support.
OBJECTIVITY. A family law attorney can be more objective about your divorce than you can (especially when emotions run high), and will not make any rash decisions in handling your case. For instance, when you may be tempted to go for a quick resolution of property division through early settlement, 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. 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 knowledgably 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 personal injury lawyer can zealously represent you in court and work toward achieving the best possible jury verdict in your favor.