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How to find a divorce lawyer

Going with the traditional approach of hiring a divorce attorney to negotiate with you and guide you through the legal process, will likely be the most expensive option. The upside is that your attorney should use their knowledge of local and state laws and the legal system to your advantage. 
You can also pursue a hybrid approach. For example, you can consult with an attorney even if you plan to pursue a DIY divorce or go through mediation. 

Tips for finding and hiring a divorce lawyer

If you’ve decided to pursue traditional litigation, a divorce attorney will advocate for you as you formally divide your assets and, if kids are in the picture, resolve a custody plan. While you should always meet with each candidate to help you make your decision, there are a few general guidelines to follow. 
  • To find prospective attorneys, you can search online, ask the local bar association, or simply ask friends and family for recommendations. 
  • Seek out a divorce lawyer who fits your budget. Divorce costs can ramp up quickly, and most people’s day-to-day costs tend to grow post divorce rather than shrinking, which might be counterintuitive. 
  • Look for an attorney who specializes in divorce and family law and who appears regularly in the court where your case will be heard. This person will understand the nuances of your local and state laws and potentially have a rapport with the judge and other court staff. 
  • Make sure you trust and feel comfortable with this person. After all, they will be advocating for you, so you need to make sure they understand your situation and respect your values. You might even consider asking them directly if they’d be excited to take your case—their level of enthusiasm could make a big difference in your case. 
  • Cast a wide net, and don’t settle for the first divorce lawyer you find. This is a decision that will likely affect your finances and lifestyle for years to come, so it’s important to do your due diligence. 

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