The divorce process can prove taxing. However, a qualified divorce attorney can help you navigate the legal process.
Finding an attorney that will maximize your chances of securing a bright post-divorce future isn’t as straightforward as it may seem. You must consult with a proven attorney to ensure you will receive the legal services that will translate to an outcome you deserve.
Here are some of the questions you should ask during your initial consultation with an Illinois divorce attorney, to ensure you have a beneficial advocate in your corner.
1. What Areas of Family Law Do You Specialize In? Can You Handle Multiple Issues in My Divorce?
Family law is quite broad. However, the specialties in family law are intertwined. For example, child custody and alimony often go hand in hand with divorce. Therefore, knowing whether you have an attorney who can handle multiple issues in your divorce is imperative.
A good attorney often sets out their area of specialty and some of the other areas within family law that they can handle. Ensure that 80% of what they handle is connected to your divorce.
2. How Is the Divorce Process Handled in This County? What Can I Expect From the Courts Here?
Hearing the attorney’s insight on the divorce process in your county will help you pinpoint their level of experience, and whether or not they often practice in your jurisdiction. An attorney who has handled most divorce cases in your county is in a position to know both the procedural and substantive aspects pertaining to divorce matters. they can paint a clear picture of what you can expect from the courts.
A lawyer with vast experience is familiar with the Judges, and the Judges know them, based on the number of appearances in their courts.
3. Will You Be the Attorney Handling My Case?
You should confirm whether or not the attorney you consult with will handle your case. This helps to avoid a situation where the law firm you hired provides you with an attorney who does not live up to your expectations.
4. Trial or Settlement: Which One Suits You?
Asking this question is fundamental in two ways. On the one hand, you’ll understand your attorney’s preference. On the other hand, you will be in a position to decide if the attorney’s strengths will benefit your unique case. The answer you are looking for will depend on if you think your case should be handled through mediation, or litigation.
5. What Does Your Billing Entail?
Understanding how your attorney handles their billing can help you avoid budget or cost-related issues in the future. It will help you determine the attorney’s retainer fee and how it’s used. In addition, the attorney will shed light on any possible expenses, as well as potential increments as the case progresses.
6. What Should My Next Steps Be?
It would be best to know what the attorney thinks is the right step to take after you leave the office. Before you leave the office, an attorney will provide a brief elucidation about what they think is a key step in helping your divorce case.
Although some will shy away from going into too much detail, a good divorce attorney will tell you what you need to do or avoid doing if you wish to maximize your chances of success in your divorce case.
If you need help navigating your divorce case, contact Law Office of Bradley R. Tengler, P.C. We are a Rockford-based law firm that handles a wide range of legal matters throughout Illinois. Attorney Bradley R. Tengler takes an assertive approach to representing our clients, to minimize any negative impacts on both you and your children.