When it comes to divorce, an experienced attorney can help you navigate the process, avoid mistakes that could harm your case and ensure that your settlement is fair. However, choosing an attorney is a personal decision that requires research and careful consideration. There are many factors that you should consider when choosing an attorney, including their expertise, how they approach each case and your comfort level with them.
Start your search for a divorce lawyer by identifying the type of divorce you want to pursue. This will help narrow your search as most attorneys specialize in different types of divorce, and you’ll likely only find attorneys who can represent you in the divorce process you desire. You can also use your initial meeting with potential divorce attorneys to assess their experience by asking them questions about their background in family law and evaluating their knowledge of New York’s divorce laws. Look for lawyers who have served on family-law committees and who have addressed bar associations about their practice.
Another factor to consider is how you and your spouse interact. You’ll want to choose an attorney who can handle your divorce with the least amount of conflict and works best for you and your spouse’s communication style. Interview multiple attorneys to determine who has the right skills, experience and approach for your unique situation. It’s also helpful to compare attorneys’ fees, as some charge a flat fee while others bill by the hour.