What to Look for in a Family Law Attorney

If you are in the need of a family attorney, then you can’t afford to not get one that is the best practiced in that area. The stakes for cases such as these are so much higher than in other fields of law. Think about it – if it is a divorce case, your assets are on the line, as well as the custody and visitation of your children, something that you cannot put a price tag on.

Luckily, if you follow the advice below, you should be able to choose a lawyer that will best represent you to receive the best possible outcome in cases such as these.

Finding the Right Family Lawyer

The first thing that you should do is consult with your family, friends, colleagues, and others in your social circle to see if they have had to go to court or arbitration for a case like this before and see who they used and if they would give their attorney a recommendation. Word of mouth can be one of the greatest referrals you can get, as it comes from first-hand experience and from a person that you trust. I can anecdotally say that I have a friend who got their family law attorney in fishers through this very means and was quite happy with their representation.

If that does not yield any good leads, you can always do a search on the internet for attorneys in your locale who have expertise in the family law field. Google should pull up a number of results, and there are also attorney directory sites that include lawyers’ credentials and reviews from past clients.

After you have come up with a short list of possible lawyers, the next thing you need to do is set up a meeting to interview them. There are a number of things that you should be asking when you meet with them. First, they should take a look at your case and let you know what they think of it, their expected outcome, and their command of what needs to be done and what can be done for your side.

You should also review their credentials, ask them about past cases that they have handled, how many cases have they handled, what outcomes they have received judgment for, and other things like that. Grill them on their experience and expertise in this field to make sure you are getting solid representation. Ask if you can speak with some of their past clients and see how they felt they were represented and if they would give them their recommendation, just like I recommended in another post here.

After you have all of your questions answered, select the attorney that best meets your criteria for all of the above queries, as well as fits in your budget as well (if that is a constraint). Find the lawyer that you feel is best invested in your case and will give it the proper attention and dedication that it deserves. You deserve nothing but the best when the stakes are so high in cases like these, so never settle!

Jake Newman


Jake Newman studies the legal field and one day hopes to be a household name as a criminal defense attorney. For now, he keeps tabs on legal topics by blogging and interviewing various legal firms on many legal topics.

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