Whether you live in Huntsville, Bessemer, Tuscaloosa or any of the dozens of cities and towns throughout Alabama, picking the right divorce lawyer can make the difference between a painful and costly divorce and a smooth and equitable split. Since nearly 50 percent of all marriages end up in divorce, this it is very important to make the right choices, not only in your future spouse, but also in your divorce and family law attorney.
As an experienced Birmingham attorney well versed in divorce and family law, I have assisted many clients through what can be a harrowing and emotionally difficult time in their lives. If children are involved, then the added pain and hard feelings can compound the situation to the extent that it affects even the couple's friends and relatives.
Choosing the right attorney can alleviate some of the emotional anguish that inevitably comes from such a legal separation. Having counseled many individuals contemplating and going through divorce, I would like to provide a few key points for finding a good divorce attorney:
1) First and foremost, choose a lawyer who specializes in family law. This goes without saying. A family law attorney should be completed prepared with the correct paperwork and forms necessary to an Alabama divorce action, which also helps to speed things along and save you time and effort.
2) Make a determination as to the gender of your attorney. Some people are more comfortable talking to a lawyer of the same sex as themselves, but you must decide for yourself.
3) Choose an attorney who is knowledgeable about and has handled case in the particular county in which your case will be heard. Having a lawyer who is familiar with the local judges and other attorneys will help you in the long run.
4) Interview your candidate to see if he or she will fight aggressively for you if the going gets nasty, as it often can. You never want to “pick fights” with your soon-to-be-ex spouse, but you do need a lawyer who understands your circumstances and will act always in your best interests.
5) Seek out friends and family members who have been divorced to get their thoughts on what to expect and who helped them the most. Divorce is no cakewalk, but you should be able to find someone in your extended circle of friends who believes that their case was handled well and in a straightforward manner.
6) Never be afraid to switch lawyers if you feel that you are not being represented in the best way. Sometimes there may simply be a clash of personalities, but whatever the reason, you need to feel comfortable with the attorney who is handling you case because it means so much to you and your family.