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Hiring a lawyer is a crucial step for those going through a divorce. Lack of knowledge regarding Louisiana divorce laws can leave you overwhelmed and confused. The right divorce lawyer will guide and support you throughout the divorce process.

Here are some things to consider before hiring a divorce lawyer-

1. Experience

A divorce lawyer should be highly knowledgeable and experienced in this field.  With substantial experience, a lawyer will know what to expect from the judges and use that knowledge to your advantage.

You should thoroughly check a lawyer’s credentials. Check if the lawyer specializes in family law or practices a variety of fields. Family law is a complex area and you would be better off with a lawyer who primarily practices divorce law or family law. A lawyer with mediation skills and experience with out-of-court settlements is beneficial as well.

2. Reviews and Referrals

We all read the reviews while purchasing even the most mundane items. Similarly, you should do some research and go through the reviews of the lawyers you are considering. If the reviews correspond with your expectations, you should consider hiring him/her.

You can easily find client testimonials and references on the lawyer’s website. You can ask former clients about their experience. Also, you can reach out to the state’s bar to learn about any complaints or disciplinary actions against the attorney.

3. Understanding Needs

No two divorce cases are exactly the same. Whether you will have a highly contested divorce or an amicable divorce with a few details to settle, your attorney has to understand your needs.

If you think that you can  calmly settle your divorce out of court, then consider an attorney who specializes in mediation and collaborative divorces.

Your attorney will represent you and fight for your rights, so choose someone who understands what you want and stands up for you.

If you think that you can  calmly settle your divorce out of court, then consider an attorney who specializes in mediation and collaborative divorces.

However, if your case involves fighting in a courtroom for alimony and child custody in Louisiana, then look for a lawyer who will help you get what your deserve.

Your attorney will represent you and fight for your rights, so choose someone who understands what you want and stands up for you.

4. Budget

Divorce is a time-consuming and expensive process. During the initial appointment with an attorney, you should clearly inquire about the consultation fees. Of course, the fees will vary on the basis of the experience and the location of the attorney.

You should ask the hourly rate, retainer amount, returnable retainer amount (if any) and the billing and payment procedures. If you gather that you can’t afford him/her, then be upfront about it. Maybe they will try to lower their rates for you or at least refer other attorneys within your budget constraints.

Also, you should insist on a contract clearly outlining the payment agreement with the attorney.

5. Accessibility

Your lawyer should be readily accessible to you. Effective communication between you and your attorney can only be established when he/she promptly responds to your calls, emails or texts.

If an attorney is working on multiple cases, he/she might not be able to give your case due attention. Your attorney should able to accommodate face-to-face meetings or via video chat if you live far away.

6. Comfort

Your attorney should make you feel comfortable. You should be able to fully express your thoughts and requirements without any hesitation. A divorce is a vulnerable time that involves sharing a lot of personal information and it is important for you to trust your attorney and have confidence in his/her abilities.

Don’t settle by hiring an attorney after the first meeting. It might take a few meetings to determine whether the attorney the right fit for your case.

Choosing an attorney suitable for your case might require time and effort, but it is an important decision. Remember your attorney will represent your interest and fight for your rights, so don’t rush into hiring an ill-suited attorney.