When searching for a divorce attorney, you're not just choosing someone to handle your case --- you're choosing the person who will be your advocate, counselor, confidant, and ally. Before you begin your search for a great divorce lawyer, here are 5 characteristics to look for:
1. A Knowledgeable Counselor
The law is complex, and having someone who is well versed in its intricacies is an invaluable resource. Knowledge of the law can help guide legal strategy, set realistic expectations, and set your case up for success.
2. A Fierce Advocate
The practice of law is not for the feint of heart, and a successful litigator stands up for their clients. An effective divorce attorney is one who will fight for your rights, advocate for your needs, and won't stop until all options are exhausted.
3. A Creative Thinker
The law is not black and white - otherwise there would be no need for attorneys. Much of family law is about thinking outside of the box and finding creative solutions --- particularly in creating settlement agreements that meet the needs of both sides. Without creativity, settlements are difficult to come by and the client's bill will only climb.
4. A Compassionate Listener
While it may seem irrelevant to some and a "given" to others, it is nonetheless important to seek out an attorney who is sympathetic to your needs. An attorney may be a strong litigator, but might not fulfill their client's needs. By listening and understanding the client's situation, an attorney can both advocate for what's most important to your individual situation.
5. A Trusted Confidant
During the course of your divorce proceedings, you will share intimate details with your attorney. To achieve your desired outcome, it is imperative that you find an attorney you can trust. Without trust in an attorney-client relationship, important details impacting your case can get overlooked or go unspoken.
Julianne C. Smith, Esq. is a family law associate at the Weiner Law Group LLP, located in Parsippany, NJ. She dedicates her practice entirely to the area of Family Law, including divorce, custody, parenting time,child support, spousal support, and equitable distribution. She offers free family law consultations at her Parsippany, NJ office.