You should choose an attorney who has substantial experience in representing clients in litigation, mediation, arbitration, and collaborative areas of family and matrimonial law. An attorney who has dedicated their career to family law enables the client to obtain the benefit of a wealth of experience in not only litigating cases, but also in settling them in a way that ensures the client obtains the optimal results which address their individual family needs and financial concerns. A client should choose an attorney they feel comfortable working with. An attorney needs to be responsive in answering all of a client’s questions and addressing a client’s concerns in a timely manner. The attorney/client relationship is a professional relationship in which an attorney explains not only the issues related to the specific case, but also explains the legal process, the court proceedings, and the mediation and collaborative processes so that a client can become a knowledgeable and involved participant in their divorce.
Michele E. D’Onofrio is a family law attorney practicing in Warren, New Jersey.