Filing for a Birmingham divorce is rarely an easy decision.
Even when you know it's the right one, it's not one you make flippantly.
Any divorce lawyer worth his or her salt should understand that. In fact, compassion and sensitivity to your situation is a key trait that you should expect from your divorce attorney.
Of course, that's not the only necessary qualification.
Some others to consider before you agree to hire:
Does your divorce attorney know the law with regard to not only divorce, child custody or other aspects of family law within the state of Alabama? An attorney may have considerable experience in family law somewhere else, but laws can differ significantly from state-to-state. Having someone who knows how the Alabama family court system works is vital to ensuring you are going to be negotiating from a position of strength.
Is your potential attorney knowledgeable not only in family law, but in basic tax law as well? This is going to be important knowledge to have in instances where alimony and property division are going to come into play.
Does your divorce attorney have a good grasp of real estate law – both commercial and residential? This is especially important if you and your soon-to-be ex own a home that is underwater or has negative equity, as so many houses do these days as a result of the housing crisis.
Is your divorce attorney knowledgeable with regard to issues surrounding corporations and business law. This is going to be important if you or your spouse has or is involved in a small, closely-held or family-owned business. This often becomes a central issue in some divorces, and it's a notoriously undervalued asset.
Does your divorce attorney have at least a fair amount of experience in his or her arena. It's not that young or newer attorneys can't or won't do a good job. However, it's sometimes a gamble, and one that you may not be willing to take when it comes to issues like your home or custody of your children.
And speaking of child custody, does your attorney have a good amount of knowledge specifically regarding those laws? Ask about their breadth of knowledge and experience when it comes to issues of parenting time, custody and all other aspects of the divorce that could impact your children.
And finally, do you feel your attorney is listening to you? Are you both on the same page? Ultimately, you and your family are the ones who have to live with the outcome of this case. There is enough strife in the divorce process as it is without having to go to bat against your attorney about how your affairs should be managed. If you don't feel your Birmingham divorce attorney is listening to your concerns or has your best interests at heart, it may be time to find a new one.
Of course, you aren't likely to build a lifelong friendship with your divorce attorney, but he or she should be someone you generally like (as you will be meeting fairly regularly) and above all, someone you trust.
If you are contemplating a divorce in Birmingham, contact Birmingham Family Law Attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.