Going through any family law litigation is incredibly stressful. It can be difficult to know exactly how to navigate the court system, confusing paperwork, and court dates that seem to keep changing. That’s why it’s important to hire an attorney that can act as an advocate to fight for your rights and help guide you through the process. First step is scheduling a consultation with an attorney you believe might be a good fit for your case. Below are a few questions that you should ask during your first family law consultation.
1. How long have you been practicing family law?
Asking an attorney for their experience in family law is crucial. The more experience an attorney has, the more knowledge they have accumulated, they possess more connections, and they can predict outcomes much better than inexperienced attorneys. If you have a particularly complex case, you will need someone with the expertise necessary to help you.
2. What other areas do you practice?
Depending on the facts of your case, it may be helpful to have an attorney who is familiar with other areas of law. For example, if your divorce case has a protective order involved, it may be helpful to have an attorney who has criminal law experience.
3. What are the next steps for my case?
A good attorney will listen to the facts of your case and give you an overview of their impression and strategy. Come prepared to your consultation with important paperwork including any paperwork filed by you or served on you, basic financial information, and any paperwork you have received by the court. All these things would be important for the prospective attorney to refer to when explaining the next steps for your case.