If you are considering
hiring a divorce lawyer, you have a million things to think about. In fact, you probably feel
like you’ve been “thinking” so much lately that you
are completely finished with the endeavor. You’re ready for someone
to take over and handle the serious tasks ahead so that you can start
to recover from a marriage that you’ve decided to dissolve. But
it’s not quite time to shut it off yet. Before you can stop constantly
thinking and worrying about the many factors involved in a divorce, you
have to hire a divorce lawyer. And that will require that you stay on
top of your game for just a bit longer – it’s very important
that you hire a divorce attorney that is right for you, your situation
and your end goal.
Top 3 Things to Ask Before Deciding to Hire an
Arizona Divorce Attorney:
- Is divorce your specialty or just part of your overall practice? How many
years experience do you have handling divorce cases? What’s your
strategy for my case and how long do you estimate it will take to reach
- What is your preferred method of communication and how long does it typically
take for you to respond to a call/email? Will you be responding to my
questions/concerns or will someone else in the firm be handling the case?
If so, who will be handling it and what is their experience? What should
I do if there’s an emergency? And what do you consider an “emergency?”
- What is your hourly rate? What retainer is required up front and what is
the estimated total cost for the divorce? (Don’t consider it suspicious
or alarming if attorneys resist providing a number for estimated total
cost. They will do so because it is extremely difficult to make this type
of estimate due to the level of conflict that occurs during the case.
But the answers you receive will help you to “size them up.”
Honest attorneys will often reply that total cost is extremely difficult
to estimate in advance. Attorneys that provide you with a low number up
front for total costs are probably saying whatever is necessary to get
If you have decided that it’s time to obtain a dissolution of marriage
and you don’t yet have an Arizona divorce attorney, make sure to
take the time to look into some options. Don’t hire the next-door
neighbor, your old friend from high school or your mom’s cousin’s
nephew who just graduated from law school in corporate law, but who is
really smart. Getting divorced is stressful enough when all goes smoothly.
Obtaining an experienced, professional and dedicated family law attorney
that actually specializes in Arizona divorce law is the very best thing
you can do for yourself right now.
If you have questions about obtaining an Arizona divorce or would like
an opportunity to pose the above questions to the experienced AZ divorce
Arizona Family Law Attorneys, please get in touch today.