One of the first steps that any New Jersey spouse must take when preparing to end a marriage is selecting a legal representative to guide that process. Choosing a divorce attorney can be an intimidating task. For many people, this is the first time that they have had the need for family legal services, and knowing where to begin can be a challenge.
One of the most important things to consider when shopping for a divorce attorney is his or her overall demeanor and personality. During the course of a divorce, it will be necessary to spend a considerable amount of time discussing deeply personal matters with one's divorce attorney. Being comfortable with that individual is key to building a relationship where the highest level of disclosure is comfortable.
Another thing to consider is the attorney's approach to the overall divorce process. Finding a legal partner who shares the same general approach to divorce is important. For example, a spouse who seeks a collaborative divorce may be a poor match for a divorce attorney who prefers taking an adversarial battle stance in court.
The best way for New Jersey residents to find a divorce attorney that they are comfortable with is to take the time to interview multiple prospects. Sitting down for an initial consultation with several attorneys can provide an overview of the differences in personality and approach that are found throughout the legal industry. Very often, a spouse will develop a strong preference for one attorney among all other prospects, which is usually an indication of a good match.
Source: wtop.com, "How to choose the right divorce attorney", Dawn Doebler, Sept. 6, 2017