Choosing Your Family Law Attorney – Involvement in a family law case is very stressful, sometimes very long, and sometimes very contentious. Professional help in these cases is highly recommended because there are very technical issues that must be adhered to, including but not limited to the following:
- Filing deadlines
- Responsive pleading requirements
- Notice of hearing requirements
- Rules of evidence
There are many family law attorneys out there, but how do you decide which one is right for you and which one is right for your situation? In this blog, we will discuss just that. Like all of our blogs, this is intended for informational purposes only and not intended as a substitute for the advice and counsel of a family law attorney
Types of cases and choosing the right family law attorney
Not all family law actions are created equal, and not all family law attorneys have experience with every kind of case. There are several different categories of family law, including, but not limited to, the following:
Make sure to ask your attorney what areas of family law they are comfortable handling for you. For example, a family law attorney may have a lot of experience handling Child Custody cases but not very much experience handling an adoption or handling an equitable distribution claim.
Personality and choosing the right family law attorney
Depending on the circumstances in your case, you and your family law attorney may end up interacting quite often for a very long time. How well the two of you get along matters a great deal. Part of that will have to do with the personality of your lawyer and how he or she interacts with you, and how you want to be interacted with. Below are just some of the things to consider:
- Some clients prefer a lawyer who communicates with them constantly (no matter what the cost), while some clients prefer not to be bombarded with phone calls and e-mails.
- Some clients prefer an attorney who is constantly accessible, while that is not very important to other clients.
- Some clients like to be able to vent to their attorneys, while other clients prefer to be reminded to reign things in.
The right personality type for you is important so don’t be afraid to ask about that during a consultation.
Litigation style and choosing the right family law attorney
How an attorney approaches the conflict regarding the case can be a very important consideration to some people. There are attorneys that are very collaborative and try to keep everything low conflict, there are some attorneys that turn everything into a drawn out highly contentious battle, and there are some attorneys that are somewhere in between.
There aren’t right or wrong litigation styles, it comes down to what you are comfortable with and what you are willing to pay for. Aggressive litigation requires aggressive funding because of the amount of time and resources that such litigation takes. Keeping things more peaceful may be what you want because of your relationship with your ex-partner.
Family law matters are complicated, and choosing a family law attorney has many considerations. If you are in need of a family law attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina or the surrounding areas, contact us.