What to Look for When Hiring a Family Law Attorney

The choices are dizzying when trying to find a family law lawyer. When faced with family law issues, such as divorce, paternity, child custody or visitation, most people feel alone and confused. Should you call the lawyer whose picture is on the back of the bus? Or should you consult your local yellow pages? Maybe you should call the attorney that advertises on local sports talk radio? Or what about the attorney your friend recommended? Regardless of which attorney you call, you need to make sure you hire the right one for you.

You might be tempted to hire the lawyer that charges the lowest hourly or flat fee or you might hire the lawyer that offers a free initial consultation. Although cost is a very important factor you must consider, it is not the most important. The old maxim, "You get what you pay for," rings true when hiring a lawyer. What good is saving a few dollars at the beginning of your case if, in the long term, it ends up costing you more and your matter is not handled efficiently and competently? Or worse yet, your attorney does not keep you updated on your case or return your calls. Will you be able to reach the attorney's office when you call? Or will you be waiting days for a return call? Does the lawyer welcome email correspondence?

Your goal should be to hire a lawyer that you can trust and is compassionate about your situation yet aggressive and efficient in representing your interests in court. You deserve an attorney that will be there when you need him - an attorney you can trust.

Family law issues cause stress, your attorney should help relieve your stress - not add to it.