Dana McKee and Brett Watson, family lawyers in Baltimore, answer:
Getting started is always the hardest step in any process, especially when that process involves resolving often intensely emotional disputes. Going through a divorce requires planning and communication. That is why it is important to find the right attorney to help you.
In terms of finding an attorney, your best resources are the people around you. Talk to those you know and trust. Referrals are the most trustworthy source of information to find an attorney.
You can also look at ratings websites or professional organizations to find a divorce attorney in your area. For example, Avvo.com is one such resource that lists attorneys by practice area and location. It also provides ratings and reviews from actual clients and other attorneys.
Once you find potential attorneys in your area, it is important to choose one with a compatible skill set that matches your goals for resolving the dispute. Here are a few tips on finding the right attorney for you and your unique situation.