When going through a divorce, it is important to choose an experienced family law attorney to represent you. Providing successful representation in family law cases – and divorces in particular – requires thorough knowledge of the law and familiarity with the local judicial system. In many cases, a lawyer who just dabbles in family law while focusing on representing clients in other areas is not going to have the insight and experience necessary to help you obtain a favorable outcome in your divorce.
How Do I Know If a Divorce Attorney Is Right for Me?
In addition to knowledge and experience, you will also want an attorney with whom you can connect on a personal level. Your divorce attorney will need to learn many intimate details about your personal life. If you do not feel comfortable sharing, your divorce is likely to suffer as a result.
To help you, we have compiled the following list of questions to ask before hiring a divorce attorney in Florida.
Questions About the Lawyer’s Experience
- How long have you been practicing family law?
- How many clients have you helped through divorce?
- Do you have experience with mediation and collaborative law?
- How often do your divorce cases end up in litigation?
- Will you keep me informed about my case? What is the best way to contact you?
Questions About What to Expect from Your Divorce
- Would you recommend a collaborative law divorce for my situation?
- Should I communicate directly with my spouse during the divorce?
- What are my options regarding custody and support while my divorce is pending?
- What can I reasonably expect out of my divorce?
- Can you help me update my estate plan after my divorce is over?
Questions About Costs
- What is your hourly rate? Do you offer alternate fee arrangements?
- Do you offer a flat fee for uncontested divorces?
- What are the typical costs besides attorneys’ fees?
- Will I save money by using mediation or collaborative law instead of going to court?
- Can you provide an estimate for the total cost of my divorce?
Each case is truly unique, so except in flat-fee situations it will be difficult for any attorney to provide a concise estimate of the legal fees and expenses you will incur during your divorce. However, an experienced attorney who has handled numerous divorce cases should be able to provide ranges of estimates for negotiated, mediated, collaborative law, and litigated divorces.
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Rebeccah Beller and Mina Bustamante are experienced family law attorneys who have been helping Florida residents for over 20 years. If you live in Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Flagler, or Putnam County, call Beller & Bustamante, P.L. at (904) 288-4414 or contact us online to request a consultation today.