Divorce is increasingly common in our stressful lives. Should you be facing a split with your spouse, consider these four questions when interviewing potential divorce attorneys in West Chester, Liberty Township, Mason, or Hamilton.
1. What is your experience in prior divorce cases?
Getting to know an attorney’s experience in handling divorce cases will help you understand if the attorney is suitable for your particular case. The last thing you want to do is to have to micromanage an attorney who doesn’t understand your situation or doesn’t handle many divorce cases.
2. What is your style in handling cases?
Some attorneys tend to always go aggressively after the other side while other attorneys may take a more passive approach. In many divorce cases, a “one-size shoe fits all” approach is not the best strategy. If you and your spouse are at all amicable, there may not be a need to have your case handled aggressively. In fact, this can make co-parenting harder after the divorce. On the other hand, you need an aggressive attorney if you suspect your spouse may be difficult or set up roadblocks in the process. Have an open conversation as you interview candidates about your needs and your current relationship with your spouse.
3. What is your experience negotiating asset-driven cases?
If you or your spouse have any significant financial considerations, you may want an attorney who knows how to build those into the broader negotiations. Anything of high value? Ensure your attorney knows how to divide the assets and what you’d like to keep post-split.
4. How familiar are you with local Ohio family courts and judges?
It can sometimes be a bad strategy to hire a divorce attorney who doesn’t know the local courts and rules and how they may respond to different situations. While the divorce law may be the same in every court in the state, local courts can interpret and apply the law in different manners and also have different local rules. Ensure your attorney knows the local court culture, judges, and rules should your case go to court.
Divorce can be a highly emotional and difficult process, and figuring out the right attorney for you can be overwhelming. If you find yourself facing divorce in Ohio, you should have a neutral party aggressively representing your rights and interests, whether in or out of court. Call Garretson & Holcomb, LLC today at (513) 863-6600 to learn more.