TORONTO -- If you're getting a divorce, it's almost inevitable that you'll have to hire a lawyer. Even if you're not taking your spouse to court or if you don't have children or a lot of assets to divide, some extent of legal advice is a must. Divorce is the legal termination of a marriage contract, after all.
So what's the best way to find the right family-law attorney? There are numerous avenues, but some may be more effective than others.
DivorceMagazine.com recently closed an online poll asking its readers where they would choose to look for divorce lawyers. The survey ran from December 31 to May 22 and asked respondents to complete the phrase: "When looking for a lawyer for my divorce, the first place I would go to is..." The poll took answers from men and women separately.
Overall, about 44% of those who answered the poll said they would go to friends or relatives for recommendations. In second place was the Internet, chosen by 27%. 9% of respondents said they would go to their local bar associations, followed by the Yellow Pages at 5%, and about 1% would look in local newspapers or magazines. In addition, nearly 13% of respondents said they would look in other places (unspecified).
The results varied somewhat between male and female readers. At nearly 51%, a majority of women respondents chose friends/relatives, followed by the Internet at 22%, bar associations at 11%, "other" at 9%, Yellow Pages at less than 4%, and newspapers/magazines at just under 2%. On the men's side, however, more stated the Internet than any other route, at about 38%. Friends/relatives came a close second for the men at 29%; subsequently, males then picked "other" at 21%, the Yellow Pages at 8%, and bar associations at 4%.
More than twice as many women responded to the poll as men did.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that in the digital age, lots of people are turning to the Internet to find their divorce lawyers -- or that divorce attorneys are promoting their practices online. And DivorceMagazine.com itself is one of the web's top references for divorce professionals in North America. If you click on your state or province on the left sidebar, you should be able to find links to and information about family lawyers in your area.
Our website also has numerous informative articles about the divorce process, including your relationship with your divorce lawyer. For our advice on how to find a lawyer that's a perfect fit for you, click here.
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