When you are about to go through a divorce, it is important that you seek out a lawyer who will represent your interests, whether that means fighting it out in court or making sure you get a fair settlement. Make sure to ask your divorced friends or family members whether they liked their divorce lawyers, and why. A good attorney will treat both you and your spouse with respect, and consider the welfare of your children as their number one priority.
It is very important that there is honesty between lawyer and client. On the part of the lawyer, they must be able to realise when the client is in trouble, and make an honest effort to remove the client from such trouble. Any lawyer ought not to continue boosting their client’s confidence that the case will definitely turn out in their favour. This, of course, is imperative to divorce lawyers, whose honesty is key in keeping their client aware of the ground facts of the case. If the divorce lawyer is unable to handle the case, they must share this with the client.
It is important to find a lawyer who is very experienced in handling divorce cases, as well as in the particular kind of divorce you want to use. Your lawyer must be mindful of your budget, and not increase the fee where not necessary.
A good divorce lawyer has skills outside of the law they must be a good listener, sensitive to what is being said (or unsaid), discreet, and not shocked when encountering intimate information from their clients. The lawyer’s ability to communicate with the opposite party and their spouse is also important, as that can result in the settlement of various important issues outside of the court, which thus makes the process less of a hassle.
It is vital for a divorce lawyer to know when to be assertive and firm on their client’s behalf (sometimes with the client). The divorce process will always involve a certain degree of hurt, and this can lead to clients making irrational, unreasonable demands of those who are helping them. A good lawyer must be there to give the reality check, for instance if one party tries to deny the other all access to the children. A good lawyer must be determined when it comes to safeguarding the client’s interests, as well as those of the children (if any are involved).
A final key trait of a good divorce lawyer is availability. No matter how excellent your lawyer is, if you are not able to meet and communicate with them, you will feel insecure about the success of your case in the courtroom. You may also feel frustration that there is a gap between yourself and your lawyer, which will affect how smoothly the case runs for you.
See related resource: When to get a divorce lawyer.