Two important questions that an individual should ask during a consultation with a prospective divorce attorney are:
- how long have they been practicing solely in the field of divorce, and
- what types of cases do they typically handle?
Many divorce lawyers develop a specialization in a particular type of case, and if your case does not have the facts that would be consistent with that specialization, it certainly would not be in your best interests to be represented by someone with that skill set.
When someone meets with a prospective divorce attorney, they should evaluate whether or not they feel comfortable with that attorney, and if they feel that they can communicate with the attorney in such a way that they both understand each other completely. Going through the divorce process is one of the most difficult things that most people will ever do. Having someone who is incredibly skilled at divorce law to negotiate the best deal possible is important, but just as important is that when they explain to you how to make decisions that are going to affect the rest of your life, you trust them, you’re comfortable with them, and you feel that they have your best interests at heart.
Sonya K. Zeigler is a partner at Stolfe Zeigler, a boutique family law firm that obtains favorable outcomes for high-net-worth, complex, and litigious cases.