- Start the process early. As soon as divorce is on the horizon, begin the process of selecting an attorney. This will help you avoid being rushed into a decision. Don't wait until you are served with a petition for divorce or a family law pleading before you go looking for an attorney.
- Look for a lawyer who values divorce mediation and/or collaborative divorce over litigation. Negotiating disputes in a structured process with your spouse, rather than letting the courts decide, can lead to numerous advantageous results for both you and your spouse. Look for a lawyer with a strong track record in the two areas and ask them if either alternative is appropriate for your situation.
- If you have children under the age of 18 or who are still attending high school, opt for a lawyer who specializes in family law. A lawyer with a specialty in the area will have relevant knowledge and experience for assessing your case and is familiar with and understands the judges and other divorce attorneys. Florida attorneys who are Board Certified in Marital and Family Law are considered by The Florida Bar to be specialists in this area.
- For couples with financial holdings, select a lawyer who is well versed in laws governing finance.
- Ask divorced friends for recommendations. Friends who have been where you are can be good sources of information about the experience of divorce and lawyers. Be sure to ask specific questions about their interactions and communication with their lawyer. Other sources for recommendations include financial advisors, therapists, attorneys practicing in other areas of law and CPAs.
- Meet with several lawyers before ultimately retaining one. Once you have narrowed down your list of candidates to 2 or 3 attorneys, set up a consultation with each where you explain your situation and evaluate what they tell you and how you feel about them. Expect to pay for their time.
- Trust your gut. After you have met with an attorney, if you don't like him or her – then don't hire that attorney.
Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney Charles D. Jamieson understands that divorce is an extremely sensitive and important issue. Thanks to extensive experience and a focus on open communication, Attorney Jamieson adeptly addresses the complex issues surrounding divorce while delivering excellent personal service. To discuss divorce in Florida, please contact The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A.The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A. or call 561-478-0312.