There are many instances for which one might seek legal counsel, but one of the most common is family law. Given that the average marriage only lasts 7 years and the likelihood of divorce increases with each marriage, it is likely that you or someone you know will wind up in divorce court. Here are some key things to look for as you begin your search for Howard County lawyers.
If possible, ask people within your own network. People tend to be fairly free with sharing their level of satisfaction, or lack thereof, with their attorney. Talk to several people, prepare a list of questions, and gather your data. Make sure to include things like the hourly rate, whether custody issues were at play, and especially lessons learned. People learn by their mistakes and you can assess just as much by what people liked about the process as much as what they didn’t like.
Area of Specialty
The courts can be a cookie cutter system, but people, families and relationships are complex and nuanced. Depending on your divorce particulars, you will want to find an attorney that has experience in meeting your unique needs. Whether this involves high conflict divorces, complex financial matters, or newer forms of divorce approaches like collaborative divorce, you will feel better knowing your attorney is seasoned in your specific area of need.
Interview more than one attorney. Use a similar interviewing process as with the referrals to help you make the best choice for you. When you make your selection, be sure to read the contract in its entirety to be sure the terms are appropriate and fair.
Divorce can be a traumatic experience so it is best to obtain the legal counsel you can trust. It is better to find the best fit from the beginning than to try to switch mid-stream. A few initial steps will help guarantee the right partner for you.