When choosing a divorce solicitor it is important that you feel comfortable workings with the person and that you have confidence in your experience. To get this peace of mind, there are certain questions you should ask before designating them for your case.

Find information on the level of experience of the solicitor

Don't be afraid to ask your solicitor how long they have been practicing divorce law and how many cases they have taken. You must ensure that your lawyer does not know your spouse professionally or personally. While lawyers recognize a code of confidentiality towards clients, it would be very inappropriate for you to instruct a lawyer to play golf socially with your husband, etc.

If you believe that your divorce will have a primary factor that dominates the procedures, such as financial orders or child custody, request more specific company information. Is it the lawyer who is thinking of instructing a true specialist in this area?

In fact, is the lawyer you hired a divorce solicitor? Many lawyers practice in different areas of the law, however, you may think that it is better to hire a divorce solicitor. In fact, if there is any particular aspect of your case that you think needs special assistance, be sure to find a lawyer who can offer you that specialized legal knowledge, for example, if you are serving in the military, there are some factors in an army divorce [ such as the rules on military pensions] that make it worthwhile to appoint a lawyer specializing in military divorces.

Family mediation and collaborative law

Family mediation and collaborative law are methods to keep divorce proceedings out of court. They are good for couples who want to reach a friendly settlement and do not want the hostility of a court case and the high costs that accompany it. Neither mediation nor the law of collaboration will adapt to a divorce case in which both parties are antagonistic and hostile to each other. Mediation and / or collaborative law may be a more friendly and appropriate solution for you, if you believe this is the case, then you should look for a qualified family law mediator or a collaborative lawyer.

Stay involved

Ask your lawyer exactly how often you will be kept informed of developments with the case. Do not wait to be contacted every day. However, expect to receive regular contact, especially if any important development occurs. Also, discuss with your lawyer how you will be contacted regularly. For example, if you prefer to deal with email, are you ready to keep in touch by email?


Although the fees form a large part of the decision to choose a lawyer, don't be tempted to substitute quality for a low cost.

To receive a rough estimate of how much the divorce will cost, ask your lawyer for a quote detailing the rates (hourly rate or fixed rates), disbursements and possible court fees. If the lawyer feels (possibly due to complications in the case) that the costs will exceed this, then they have a duty to contact you for permission before incurring additional costs.

Since divorce involves sensitive and emotional problems, you should make sure you choose a lawyer with whom you feel completely comfortable. It is very important that you be honest and open with your lawyer and feel safe asking questions. There is always a lawyer option available: don't choose someone you don't think is right for you.

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