If you are getting divorced in Connecticut, who you choose to represent you will have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. We at CT Mediation Center put together this guide to help you choose the divorce attorney who is right for you.
First, take the time to speak with a few divorce attorneys before you decide who you want to work with. Speak to friends and colleagues who have gone through a divorce and get referrals. Look at divorce attorney websites. Because family law is a highly specialized area of practice, make sure your divorce attorney has significant expertise in this field.
You are likely to begin with a telephone consultation. After that, choose a divorce attorney who is s a skilled listener and a good communicator. Divorce is a complex, emotional process and a good divorce lawyer is both strategic and empathetic. A good divorce attorney is willing to meet with you and is well-organized. A good divorce attorney will also guide you through emotional and legal conflicts in a constructive and systematic way.
Choose a divorce attorney who answers the telephone and promptly responds to voice mail messages and emails. In Connecticut, a good divorce attorney is knowledgeable about the subject matter of your case. Choose a divorce attorney with a background in family law, and has the experience in handling divorce cases. You should choose an attorney whose background fits the key issues to be negotiated, such as child custody, child support, spousal support, financial matters, property distribution, retirement and investment distribution, and taxes.
A good divorce attorney explains that there is more than one way to get a divorce in Connecticut. A good divorce attorney should explain the differences between a litigated divorce and divorce mediation, and then, if necessary, refer you to the proper family law attorney.
Here are some additional questions you should be prepared to ask:
- How many years of experience do you have as a divorce attorney?
- How many cases have you handled?
- How do you solve power imbalance issues, domestic violence issues, and substance abuse and recovery issues?
- How are the attorney’s fees structured? What is the payment process or schedule?
- Who is responsible for legal fees if the case goes to trial?
- How do I prepare for, what should I bring, to my first meeting?
- What happens after I hire an attorney?
- How long will it take to get divorced in Connecticut?
CT Mediation Center specializes in both routine (simple dissolution) and complex (child support, strategic litigation, complicated finances) divorce cases. We also provide divorce mediation and collaborative divorce services. Our attorneyse are glad to answer all your questions about how to get a divorce in Connecticut. Call our offices today at (860) 986-1141 to set your informational appointment.