How to Choose a Divorce Lawyer

Divorce can be overwhelming. That includes choosing the right divorce lawyer for your case. Choosing the right divorce lawyer is important and requires careful thought and consideration. Here are some things to consider when choosing your divorce lawyer:

1. Ask Friends and Family

Ask your friends and family who have gone through a divorce. Find out what they liked and didn’t like about their divorce lawyer. This will give you a general idea of some things to look for in an attorney. Friends and family can also refer you to whomever they used. Just keep in mind that you may not have similar needs and goals as your friend and that lawyer might not be a good fit for you. But it is a great starting point.

2. Call You Local Bar Association

Your local bar association has catalogue of attorneys’ who specialize in divorce and family law. This is a great resource if you don’t know where to start your search. If you live in the greater Pensacola area, contact the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association.

3. Check Out Online Reviews

Online reviews can provide helpful information when selecting a divorce lawyer. Once you’ve gathered a few names of local divorce lawyers, do your research and look them up online. I suggest you check out sites such as google, avvo.com, thumbtack, lawyer.com, and yelp. Just keep in mind when you read reviews from past clients that it doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the same outcome.

4. Meet with the Divorce Lawyer

The purpose of the initial visit is to figure out if you’re a good fit for each other. This is accomplished by discussing your goals and needs. You need a divorce lawyer who can give you an honest assessment of your goals and help you set realistic ones. A good lawyer then develops a strategy to get you there. The initial visit is also when you have a chance to ask the divorce lawyer about experience with your type of case.

5. Shop Around

Don’t settle. If you’re not certain about your decision after your initial visit, then shop around. This is an important decision and should not be rushed. Trust your gut on this one. If something tells you to keep looking, then do so.

Contact us now to find out if our divorce lawyers are a good fit for you.

Therese Felth McKenzie

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