One of the most important things that one needs to look for is an individual who is accustomed to, and has experience in, the family law arena. It used to be that one could pick a general attorney and that attorney could do a little bit of criminal, a little bit of personal injury, and a little bit of family law. But, over the years, there are so many nuances and changes that have occurred, in the family law arena especially, that you really need to find someone who has a great deal of experience and knows the law in those areas.
Another thing that is extremely important is that you hire someone with whom you have a rapport. Family law, by its very definition, touches on some of the most intimate, emotional, and personal topics that most people go through during their life. It touches on the relationship you have with your spouse, intimacy with your spouse, relationships with your children, intimacy with your children, betrayal of the marital relationship – very, very intimate, emotional issues.
If you don’t select an attorney with whom you feel comfortable baring your soul, you’re never going to give that lawyer everything he or she may need in order to represent you to the best of his or her ability. Family law attorneys have to ask very personal questions. They have to know everything you know, or everything the client knows, about the history of the relationships in the marriage. And if you’re not comfortable talking to an attorney, you’re never going to be able to give them what they need.
Catherine Hendrix is a partner at the Law Offices of Lester & Hendrix where they are committed to solving divorce and separation issues. Families throughout South Carolina can rely on their team of Attorneys for advice and counsel.