Hiring A Divorce Attorney: Biggest Questions Answered

When a marriage is coming to an end, finding the right attorney to represent you through the divorce can change everything about how the process proceeds. Here is a look at just a few of the questions you may have when you hire an attorney to help you get a divorce. 

What really makes a good divorce attorney?

There are a few things you always want to find in a good divorce attorney. First and foremost, you want an attorney who is experienced in divorce proceedings. Secondly, it is best if you find an attorney who has ample time to communicate with you and seems to be easy to reach when you have questions. Finding a good attorney often comes from personal preference as well. For example, some females may prefer a female attorney, or an individual may prefer an attorney who is not locally based.

Can you and your partner have the same divorce attorney?

You and your partner cannot have the same divorce attorney. Each individual is representing a single legal entity, which means having the same attorney would be considered a conflict of interest. There are some attorneys who focus on family-centered or child-centered divorces who may hold mediations with both of you, but the other party will still have to have their own attorney for the divorce proceedings. 

How much will you have to pay a divorce attorney?

Most divorce attorneys do charge an hourly rate, but there are a general number of hours that most attorneys will estimate your divorce will take. It is common for the attorney to ask for a retainer upfront to cover at least part of their fees and the rest will be due upon the completion of your case. The average overall price paid by most clients, in the end, is $11,300. If there are a lot of complexities in the divorce, such as a lot of property to sort through or a lot of conflicts, you can expect the cost to be substantially more. However, a lot of people do get by with far less than average. 

Are there divorce attorneys that specialize in certain types of divorce?

There are attorneys who specialize in things like child-centered divorce or divorce of high-profile people. You won't really find divorce attorneys that specialize in things like uncontested divorce because most attorneys are highly familiar with these situations and can represent their clients fairly. 

For more information, reach out to a firm like Hudson Family Law