Every big decision begins with a series of questions designed to help people make the best choice they can. Entering into divorce brings many personal questions, usually surrounding how the marriage came to this end or which assets one wants to secure. At such an emotional time, it is easy for California residents to forget to consider other equally important questions, such as how to select the attorney who will represent them during the proceedings.

Choosing an attorney is something about which one may have to make a fairly rapid decision, especially if there is acrimony or disagreement between the spouses. Consequently, it’s a good idea to draw up a list of questions that may help one to make a good choice. It may seem indelicate to talk about money, but it makes good sense in these situations. Costs may be calculated in a variety of ways, and may also be affected by the circumstances of the divorce, so getting an idea of the fees likely to be incurred will help one plan accordingly.

Attorneys make many contacts within their professions, so there may be a good chance that whoever is hired will have some knowledge of the attorney representing the estranged spouse. Sometimes, this can be of help in making things progress more smoothly, particularly when the attorneys have good communication. If other members of the legal team are likely to work alongside the attorney, then getting acquainted with those individuals will also provide an additional point of contact if the attorney is out of the office.

California residents who live in more rural areas may not necessarily have easy access to attorneys who focus on handling divorce proceedings; however, this does not necessarily mean that it will create a problem. Since every case differs in circumstance, it is important to feel confident in the advice and guidance one receives. Finding an attorney that one can connect with and trust may help to make the process less stressful.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Top 5 Things to Ask Your (Potential) Divorce Lawyer“, Randall M. Kessler, Oct. 6, 2015