Questions You Should Ask Your Divorce Attorney

Navigating a divorce can be emotionally and legally challenging. The right divorce attorney is critical to the outcome of your case. You need an attorney who will protect your rights and advocate for your family’s best interests. However, with so many lawyers to choose from, how do you find the right one to represent your divorce case? Having some questions prepared during your initial consultation will help you determine whether your family lawyer will be a good fit. Here are some of the questions you should ask your family law attorney before hiring them: 

Do You Specialize in Family Law? 

When choosing a lawyer to oversee your divorce case, you want someone who specializes in family law and deals with divorce cases regularly. Lawyers who specialize in family law topics can assist you and provide legal advice regarding common situations that occur with divorce, such as custody disputes and property division. At Remsen Family Law, we’ve handled cases with a variety of topics in family law, including (but not limited to):

  • Child custody
  • Parenting plan creation
  • Child support
  • High-net-worth divorces
  • Contested divorce
  • Domestic violence injunctions
  • Equitable distribution
  • Modifications
  • Paternity & father’s rights
  • Spousal support
  • Uncontested divorce

How Often Will I Receive Updates About My Case? 

Communication is vital in an active case. You should set expectations with your family law attorney from the very beginning. Ask your potential attorney how often you should expect updates about your case and what methods they’ll use to communicate with you. You should also ask when to expect responses to emails and voicemails if you can’t reach someone in the office immediately.  

What’s Your Fee Structure? Do You Offer Payment Plans? 

When choosing an attorney, you’ll need to find one with a fee structure that works with your budget. Many family lawyers work for hourly rates or flat fees. At Remsen Family Law Firm, we offer flat rates. This allows us to get the job done, no matter how long it takes. We also offer payment plans to help ease the financial burden of hiring a lawyer during an already challenging time in your life.

How Should I Handle Communication with My Spouse During Divorce Proceedings? 

Divorce cases have many challenges, especially when you’re dealing with the heightened emotions of both you and your former spouse. It’s important to note that any communication you have with your spouse could be used against you in court, including texts, emails, voicemails, and even social media posts. It’s wise to proceed with caution when communicating with your spouse during a divorce. Always be cordial and civil, and refrain from getting emotional. Never resort to shouting, name-calling, or insults through digital or in-person communication. 

What Potential Challenges Do You See with My Case? 

You’ll want to ensure the lawyer you hire understands the details of your case and can provide you with legal advice based on your unique circumstances. This could include challenges with property division, custody arrangements, and false accusations. You’ll also want to ask if your lawyer has dealt with similar cases before.

What Happens if My Spouse Doesn’t Respond or Actively Participate in the Proceedings? 

Once you’ve served your spouse with the divorce petition, they have 20 days to respond with a counter-petition or by signing the current petition. You can proceed with a default judgment if your spouse doesn’t respond in the given timeframe. Some spouses believe failing to respond will delay the divorce proceedings. However, not responding doesn’t stall the divorce from moving forward. Your family law attorney should be able to help you handle the intricacies of dealing with a spouse who attempts to stall or delay proceedings. 

What Should I Avoid Doing During the Divorce Proceeding? 

Actions you take during your case can affect custody arrangements, property division, and the amount of spousal or child support you may have to pay. This includes publicly pursuing a new relationship, bad-mouthing your ex on social media, making a large purchase like a new sports car, or going on a luxury vacation. You should also refrain from spiteful actions in retaliation for your spouse’s misdeeds. You also shouldn’t hide assets or property to avoid an equitable distribution. Your divorce attorney should be able to advise you on how to handle these situations while the divorce case is active. 

Remsen Family Law Firm – Experienced Family Law Attorney for Lake County  

Dealing with a difficult family law case can be challenging and stressful. It’s crucial to have an experienced attorney by your side. At the Remsen Family Law Firm, attorney Frank P. Remsen has the proven skills and experience necessary to represent you during your divorce. Contact us today for a low-cost consultation to see how we can help you in your divorce case.