4 Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Divorce Lawyer
You’ve probably heard the statistic that around 50% of modern marriages end in divorce. And while that means you’re in good company (and may or may not be true), it doesn’t make the process feel any easier.
The only thing that does make going through this easier is having the best divorce lawyer for you. It’s important to hire a lawyer who’s a good fit for you – and there are strategies to find them.
Read our must-ask questions below to learn how to hire an attorney who can help you and your family get through this hard time.
1. How Long Have You Been Practicing as a Divorce Lawyer?
Knowing how experienced your lawyer is at family law is essential for your results. A well-rounded family lawyer will have had experience with divorces of all types, including gay divorces, divorces with child custody, and high-conflict situations.
While each divorce is unique, seasoned lawyers have proven strategies to get the results everyone wants.
At Crosson Richettti & Daigle, we’ve been in practice since 2010. That means we have more than a decade of working on divorce cases in the area. We have working relationships with family court judges in Lehigh county and many happy families that act as references for our legal help.
2. What’s Your Overall Legal Strategy?
Different divorces require different processes. For example, in a high-conflict divorce, an attorney has to be more aggressive than usual. Some people have a harsher relationship with their soon-to-be ex-partner and want this kind of “I’m taking everything” strategy.
On the other hand, other couples are looking for someone who can be relentless in pursuing their divorce needs but who won’t sour the relationship further. Compassionate divorce and child custody agreements are our specialty.
We can be intense if need be, but we find our clients prefer a more delicate touch regarding divorce proceedings. There’s a way to be compassionate while holding firm to your expectations, and we have years of experience walking that line.
In fact, our clients often tell us that they didn’t know they could be this happy with the divorce process or the results of a child custody case. We want you to feel that way too!
3. Do You Do Gay Divorce or Non-Traditional Divorce?
If you’re divorcing someone in a same-sex relationship or have non-traditional circumstances, you need to make sure your lawyer is at ease working with you. In 2022, most lawyers are, but it’s worth asking. You want an attorney who is comfortable with your situation and has experience with cases like yours.
At our firm, we not only do gay and non-traditional divorces, but we consider ourselves allies to the LGBTQ+ community. We know that parents love their children no matter their gender and want everyone to come out of the divorce process just as mentally healthy (or better!) as they began.
The best divorce lawyer can help you do that.
4. What’s Your Out-of-Court Settlement Rate?
Going to court with your lawyer is more expensive than working through proceedings in their office. If you and your spouse are cooperative, divorce proceedings can often happen without any court time.
Find out what percent of divorce cases your lawyer completes without going to court, for an idea of their divorce strategy.
How to Find the Best Divorce Lawyer
No one goes into a marriage thinking they’ll get divorced. When it becomes obvious that your marriage is over, you need to hire an attorney who can be compassionate with you, while getting the results that you need.
Only hire an attorney who you feel truly understands you, your needs, and your case. There’s no one “best divorce lawyer,” only the best divorce lawyer for you.
We hope we can be that advocate for you. To learn more about our practice and how we can help you get legal help for your divorce, click here.