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Questions to Ask Your Divorce Lawyer

Divorce Lawyer

You divorce lawyer can guide you through the divorce process.

If you have made the decision to get a divorce, your divorce lawyer can be your most valuable resource for this arduous and emotional process. At your initial consultation, your divorce lawyer can help you by providing you with a basic understanding of divorce law, the process you’ll have to go through, and what options are available to you. You will also be able to tell your divorce lawyer about your particular situation, your goals, and your questions. Telling your divorce lawyer about your situation and your goals helps your divorce lawyer to formulate an individualized plan for you. After explaining your situation and goals to your divorce lawyer, asking questions will help to give you a better understanding of how your divorce lawyer can help you. It can also give you a sense of ease about your divorce lawyer’s capabilities, which is valuable to you since you’ll be working so closely together. Read on for a list of basic questions that are great to ask your divorce lawyer during your first visit.

  • How long have you been practicing divorce law? This is a basic question that will help you determine whether this lawyer is the right one for you. Divorce law can get complicated, so it’s best to have a divorce lawyer who is experienced and knowledgeable. Knowing the judges, opposing lawyers, and local laws—as well as knowing how to draft and negotiate Separation Agreements, Pleadings, and Court Orders—is invaluable to you and your case.
  • How can I achieve my goals? Any experience lawyer will tell you that there’s not one set way to handle divorce litigations. This is where telling your divorce lawyer about your particular situation and goals will help. Depending on your individual case, your lawyer may advise you to do anything from early settlement to litigation to filing a lawsuit. Your divorce lawyer can also explain to you the step-by-step process of gathering information, negotiating, litigating, post filing negotiating, and trial preparation and execution.
  • How can I protect myself? Make sure to immediately find out what you should be doing now to protect yourself from future legal hassles. You may be currently responsible for paying child support or alimony. Knowing what to do now can save you from having to pay for your spouse’s attorney fees if you are found guilty of not paying for child support or alimony. These small steps now will save you a lot of money and stress later.


Hiring a lawyer should be the first thing you do when encountering any legal matter, not a last resort. Whether you’re thinking about a separation or divorce or have been charged with a crime, been injured in an accident, or your civil rights have been violated, you need to first know your rights and your options. Consulting a lawyer first can actually save you both time and money in the long run.


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