Whether you are getting an online divorce, or about to start a contested divorce, knowing how to hire a divorce lawyer will save you a lot of trouble later on.
Getting a good attorney up front will keep you from needing to change lawyers later, or risk staying with a lawyer you’re unhappy with.
All it takes is a bit of preparation.
When you’re looking for a divorce lawyer, asking them certain questions and looking for key qualities will help you get the best lawyer for your divorce.
Divorce lawyers handle matters ranging from filing preliminary paperwork to enforcing a divorce decree once the decree is finalized. If you hire one, they can:
Cost is an important factor to consider when you're deciding how to hire a divorce lawyer. What you pay a divorce attorney will depend on who you choose, where you live, and whether your divorce is contested.
According to attorney David Perry Davis, hiring a divorce attorney can cost anywhere from $250 to $350 per hour. However, attorneys may also handle divorces for a flat fee. The fee for an uncontested divorce might range from a $600 flat fee to a $5,000 retainer, depending on circumstances. Contested divorces are a different story—these cost about $15,000 on average.
Don't just hire the first attorney you meet. Schedule a consultation with at least three lawyers (many offer free consultations) to learn more. Look for the following when you talk to them:
To make the most of your first consultation, prepare questions for the lawyer. Make sure your list includes the following:
A thorough attorney screening process upfront can spare you a lot of heartache—and money—later on in your divorce. Understanding what you want from your divorce attorney will help you ask the right questions to find the best representation.
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