Frequently Asked Questions About Starting The Divorce Process: Hiring An Attorney

Getting a divorce is a complicated process that can leave many people confused and frustrated. The outcomes of a divorce can be liberating or devastating, but either way, all divorces are life changing events. The more you understand about your divorce, your rights, and the process itself, the better off you'll be. This FAQ is designed to answer some of the questions you might have at the beginning of the process, to help you get off to a good start:

Q: "Do I need to have an attorney to get a divorce?"

A: Although you aren't required to get a divorce attorney, divorce is a major life event with complex rules and procedures. If you can afford an attorney, it's highly recommended that you do so. If you aren't able to afford full legal representation, it's still a good idea to consult with an attorney at some point during the process. Even in amicable divorces, it's still possible to miss deadlines or file paperwork incorrectly. Working with a professional will help to ensure that the process is done correctly and in a timely manner. 

Q: "What's the best way to identify potential attorneys in my area?"

A: If you already have a lawyer for other purposes, he or she may be able to give you recommendations of attorneys in your area. If you have no one to ask, the American Bar Association has a helpful online tool for finding attorneys in your area.

Q: "How should I decide which attorney to hire?"

A: Hiring an attorney is similar to hiring any other licensed professional. Interview several candidates before settling on an attorney you're comfortable with. When interviewing an attorney, it's important to ask basic questions about his or her rates, experience and legal specializations. You should also explain your situation briefly and ask what that attorney's strategy would be, moving forward. The attorney you choose should be someone that you feel comfortable talking to, and who is able to answer your questions to your full satisfaction.

Q: "Can my spouse and I hire the same attorney?"

A: It may be tempting to save money by hiring the same attorney to negotiate both sides. Even if your divorce is amicable, this is not a good idea. If you and your spouse should come to a disagreement at any point during the process, it will be important to know that your attorney is representing your interests alone.

Contact a professional like Robert G. Moore Attorney at Law to learn more.