Divorce in the state of California is the legal process by which a marriage is dissolved and a couple’s assets are divided. Finding an attorney who can represent best your interests and help you set and pursue clearly defined goals is what you’re looking for. While you want an understanding attorney who listens to your needs, legal counsel does not serve the same function as psychological counsel or therapy. The nice guy who seems to have good listening skills may let you process the emotional trauma of the divorce and do you a terrible disservice by not pursuing what’s most important in the long run.
If you and your spouse see the writing on the wall and you believe your differences are irreconcilable, don’t wait until it’s too late to choose an attorney. Here are a few things that you should look for when hiring a California divorce attorney.
When you look through websites and interview potential attorneys, experience should be one of your first considerations. Yes, having some years of experience is important, but more importantly is making sure she has the right experience. Many claim to practice family law, but ask about the specifics. “What are your strong points in the family law?” You want someone who has extensive divorce experience that is firm in the negotiations process and well equipped to represent you should divorce go to trial.
The dissolution of marriage includes a variety of issues that will greatly impact the rest of your life. Working through issues like custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, and property division can become heated and sometimes adversarial. Does your potential attorney have a good history taking cases to court? When opposing counsel knows an attorney is timid about going to trial strength to negotiate is lost.
You can get the sense from some divorce attorneys that their way is the only way to effectively walk through a divorce. Knowing whether or not your attorney is flexible and able to adapt to your needs and goals is a crucial element in your selection of the right divorce attorney. While there are some principles that apply to most anyone, a one-size-fits-all approach may not work well for your divorce.
Our own Ann A. Thomson not only brings more than a decade of California divorce experience, but she has a reputation for her stalwart representation throughout the divorce process. With a history of strong trial representation, Ann A. Thomson is unafraid to bring aggressive litigation when necessary for her clients. Her pragmatic, results oriented approach from consultation to litigation helps her focus on what’s important – your needs.
Contact the Law Office of Ann A. Thomson in Orange County today. Let’s schedule a free of cost consultation today.