We may go into marriage meaning every word we say in our vows. But, for one reason or another, a lot of marriages end in divorce. Sometimes it’s nobody’s fault. People change, we move apart, and situations become untenable.
So, you’re looking into hiring a divorce lawyer. This is likely a difficult time for you and any family law professional of worth should make it their prerogative to make what follows in the divorce process as easy on you as possible. With that in mind, here are 15 questions you could possibly expect your divorce lawyer to ask you when deciding whether to take your case:
What Are 15 Questions a Divorce Attorney May Ask Me?
- Why do you want a divorce? Was there infidelity? Betrayal of trust?
- What is your current living situation?
- Are you and your spouse separated? If so, for how long?
- Do you and your spouse have any kids?
- If you have children, are any of them minors?
- What do you need from the divorce agreement? What are your ‘goals’?
- Do you own any real estate? Do either of you have wishes to stay in the house?
- Do you and your spouse have shared ownership of any properties?
- What are your finances? What are your shared financial assets?
- Have you two been setting aside money for retirement?
- Are you currently employed? Is your spouse?
- Was there any violence or abuse in the house? Addiction or alcoholism?
- Do you, your spouse, or any of your dependents have health issues or special needs?
- Are you and your spouse in business together? What are the business arrangements?
- Is there a prenuptial agreement in place?
What Should I Ask My Prospective Lawyer?
While your prospective attorney considers your case, you should also seek to determine whether they’re the right lawyer for you. Here are a few questions you should consider asking:
- Is family law your specialty? How much experience do you have in family law?
- How often will we communicate about my case?
- Should I seek to have temporary orders put in place?
- How much child support could I conceivably receive?
- What should I expect going forward?
- Who will be working on my case?
Should I Hire a Divorce Lawyer for My Divorce Case?
No two divorce cases are the same. Whether you have contested issues or are seeking an uncontested divorce, hiring an experienced family law attorney is essential in making sure that your needs are met, your rights are protected, and your time is valued.
Divorce is complicated, thanks in no small part to all the difficult emotions involved. It is best not to face the complexities of the courts on your own. The Bains Law Offices has experience handling divorce cases and would seek to help you through this challenging time.