Choosing the right attorney for your divorce is one of the most important parts of the divorce process. Your attorney is the person who will be your advocate to the court and the one fighting for your rights. When selecting an attorney, you want someone who will do everything they possibly can to make sure you get everything you want and need from your divorce.
When selecting a divorce attorney, you want to pick someone you can trust. You will need to share details of your personal life, such as details of your marriage and finances, with your attorney. You want to be able to trust your attorney with everything you tell them and feel comfortable when discussing these very personal matters. You also want to trust that your attorney is fighting for your best interests, and not dragging out a divorce in order to have higher billings. If children are involved in the case, you want to trust that your attorney will put the needs of your child first.
An experienced attorney is also very important. No attorney will know exactly how a divorce will go. But experienced attorneys will be able to remove some of the uncertainty by knowing the judges tendencies and how they have made decisions in the past. An experienced attorney will also be more prepared for surprises or unexpected events which may occur. Trial experience is a good thing for a divorce attorney to have, especially if it looks like it will be a contentious divorce. Not only does trial experience show the attorney is prepared to go to trial, but also can possibly help in negotiations with the other attorney.
You also want someone who has focus and expertise in the area of divorce and family law. While hiring the big name criminal defense lawyer may seem like a good idea, a lack of experience or knowledge of family law is not good. Family law and divorce cases can be very complicated and there is a lot at stake. You will want an attorney who knows the ins and outs of family law and will be by your side through the difficult time. At John T. Fields & Associates, the Milwaukee law firm with more than 25 years of practicing in family law, the attorneys are there to use their knowledge and experience of family law matters to help fight for you.
When selecting an attorney, it is important to remember that you get what you pay for. Usually, the more experienced the attorney is the more their hourly rate will be. However, often times an experienced attorney is able to get things done more quickly or efficiently, making the end costs very similar to a lower priced attorney. Settling for the cheapest attorney you can find as a way to save money is never a good idea. You want to have the best representation you can afford.