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How to Choose a Family Law Attorney

Difficult questions come at you at a fast and furious pace as you face divorce. Questions about child custody, property division, spousal support and much more. At some point, the question of how to choose a family law attorney will come up, too.

A recent article penned by a divorce lawyer gives some helpful advice on how to choose an attorney suitable to your needs and circumstances. Let's take a look at some of the suggestions.

Here in Hamilton County, you have more than one divorce process available to you. So the first decision to make in your quest for a suitable attorney is which divorce process is best in your circumstances: litigation or mediation.

Mediation provides an alternative dispute resolution process that is often best for couples who want to resolve disputes quickly and with as little rancor as possible. Litigation is usually best in situations in which disputes run deeper and resolutions are likely to require negotiations and even trial.

Once you've decided whether you need a lawyer to mediate or litigate (some attorneys can do both), you should then ask family and friends for recommendations. They might well know a good lawyer who helped them through their divorce.

An important point made in the article: choose a family law attorney to help you with family law problems. Seems obvious, yes, but there are many lawyers who can defend you against criminal charges, help you with a dispute with your neighbor, get you through bankruptcy and represent you in a divorce — all at the same time. But it's wise to pick an attorney focused on the area of law in which your need is greatest: your divorce.

Lastly, have a talk with the attorneys who seem most likely to be best for you. Ask them how they can help with issues most important to you and then rely on your research and your gut instincts to pick a lawyer who will help you navigate the complexities of divorce.

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