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Qualities to Look for in a Divorce Lawyer

Last updated 2 years ago

Divorce is never easy, so it is important to find a divorce lawyer that you trust. Having confidence in the person you chose to handle your divorce can minimize the stress of the situation. As you interview potential divorce lawyers, keep these desirable qualities in mind:

  • Extensive Experience

Find a divorce lawyer who has spent the majority of his or her time in their profession practicing family law. Your divorce attorney should also have extensive experience practicing law in your state, as each state’s divorce laws are different.

  • Courtroom Experience

In addition to family law experience, your divorce attorney should be experienced in the courtroom. Many cases are settled outside the court, but there is no guarantee that this will be the case for your divorce. You need someone who is ready to go to court should the need arise, and also knows when it is best to avoid court.

  • Special Circumstances

If you have circumstances that may make a divorce settlement more difficult, you must be sure that your attorney can handle those circumstances. For example, if you have children, your divorce lawyer should be highly knowledgeable about child custody laws.

  • Personality

You don’t necessarily have to like your divorce attorney personally in order to obtain a desirable outcome, but it does help. Remember, you will be communicating with this person about some of the most personal aspects of your life. If you are unable to communicate effectively, it will be more difficult to go through the process.

While it may be tempting to retain the first divorce attorney you meet with in order to expedite the process, doing so could be disastrous. Take the time to be sure that the person you are hiring is the most qualified for your case and that you can get along with that person.

If you are searching for a divorce lawyer, we invite you to call the offices of Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. at (317) 580-9295. We will be happy to answer your questions and assess your case.


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