To find a good divorce lawyer, seek recommendations from relatives or friends who experienced a divorce, determine your needs and goals, shortlist several lawyers after doing extensive research and set a budget, suggests DivorceNet. Create a list of important questions to ask when interviewing prospective attorneys.
Close friends and family members can provide valuable advice on how to handle a divorce and recommend trusted divorce attorneys, says DivorceNet. Choose a lawyer who meets your specific needs and understands your situation. For example, you may want to find an attorney who knows how to manage a divorce in which the couple has a mutual agreement or a divorce that is complicated and messy. Moreover, consider your personal preferences related to personality, gender, age and other factors to ensure you select someone you're comfortable working with and who best represents your case.
Find out if your state offers referral programs for divorce lawyers, and check online attorney directories and websites such as Yellow Pages, recommends DivorceNet. Narrow down your list of top lawyers by checking their specialization, particularly if you prefer a lawyer who's experienced in handling divorce cases through mediation, court or another method. During the initial free consultation, ask the prospective divorce attorney about his experience, the kinds of clients he worked with before and if he knows the judges involved in your case.