If you’ve made the decision to get a divorce, then we at Law Offices of Jimmy Carter are here to help. We understand that your situation is difficult, and you probably don’t have a clear understanding of the ins and outs of divorce. You’ve probably heard a divorce horror story or two from friends where they hired the wrong lawyer or decided to skip hiring a divorce attorney altogether and tried to figure out things on their own. Once you’ve made the (correct) decision to hire legal assistance for your divorce, follow these tips to help you make the right choice:
Understanding the role of your divorce attorney will help the process go much more smoothly than it will if you try to use your attorney in another way. Your divorce is messy, and you likely have some complex emotions about what is happening. However, your attorney’s purpose is to help divide your assets and represent you as best as they can during the process. The job is not to act as your therapist. If you are having a difficult time processing your divorce, it is best to consult a professional and work through your concerns and sadness that way. Remember your attorney’s purpose, and understand what it is they can help you with.
Know Your Goals
The ultimate goal at the end of the day is to get through the divorce. Your attorney wants to help you do that without you having to drastically change your lifestyle. As you negotiate through your belongings, keep in mind what doesn’t mean much to you in the long run. If you hold onto items just to cause your ex some stress, it will cause your divorce to be longer, more litigious, and pricier than it would be otherwise. Focus on finishing the divorce as quickly as possible!
Know What You Want
Before you hire your divorce attorney, know that there are other methods to a divorce. If you and your ex have no children, and you don’t have many issues with finances, you might be able to hire a mediator instead to help you figure out the terms of the divorce. Mediation is by far the fastest and least expensive way to get divorced! However, keep in mind that if you have more complicated negotiations or children, you will need to hire a divorce attorney to work with your ex’s attorney. Think about your options and what you want out of the divorce. If you expect your ex-partner to want the same things, then an attorney might be the best route.
Find Several Options
If you have decided that a lawyer is the right path for you, then do your research. Not all lawyers are the same! Call several potential attorneys and arrange for an interview. You will want to choose a lawyer who is versed in both family law and the type of divorce you think best fits your situation. You will want an attorney who you get along with, who you trust to guide you through the process, and who can effectively communicate what needs to be done with you. Regardless of whether your divorce will need to go to court, you will want a lawyer who is used to working with judges and is familiar with effective legal strategies.
We recommend asking about their background and their area of specialty within family law. Use this time to also ask about their rates, as you don’t want to hire someone out of your price range.
Check for Red Flags
Some attorneys are not as trustworthy as we wish they were. Make sure that your attorney is making no promises, as no one can actually make you any promises and keep them. If your potential attorney is talking about high-profile clients or disclosing confidential information to you from other cases, this is a bad sign. Find a lawyer who is focused on you during your initial meeting, as this is a lawyer who will keep your best interests in mind during the divorce process. Keep in mind that while this is their business, this is also your life they are handling.
Make a Decision
You will need to choose a local, knowledgeable, professional, and responsive divorce attorney. You should both trust them and feel comfortable with them handling your personal affairs. Divorce can be a messy process, but with the right team by your side, you have nothing to fear. Keep in mind that there are no guarantees, but if you choose the right attorney, they will do everything in their power to help you reach a desirable outcome.
Contact Law Offices of Jimmy Carter
If you are located in Plano, Denton, McKinney, or the surrounding areas, please contact us today. We specialize in both divorce and family law, so our professionals are prepared to help you as you seek a quick and painless divorce. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.