There are certain factors that you need to consider in evaluating the experience and expertise of a divorce lawyer:
1. Family Law
It is important for your attorney to have specialized in the area of family law which with specific experience related to divorce law. Divorce law is a specialized field of the law that deals with all aspects of the dissolution of marriage with regards to the redistribution of assets and liabilities, factors that may affect any minor children that resulted from the marriage and any other issues that may arise during divorce proceedings.
An experienced attorney will be able to provide you with objective legal advice that is in accordance with the law. Less experienced lawyers may not be able to be as objective during a divorce and may become personally or emotionally in a complicated case. Although it may seem beneficial to have an attorney that has a personal stake in the case, this is not necessarily true. An attorney should be able to focus on the legal aspects of the divorce in order to provide you with the best legal representation without their judgement becoming clouded.
Experienced attorneys are often able to offer a range of services from a consultation to determine if their client is ready for divorce to representing them in court at a divorce hearing. A lawyer should be able to negotiate strongly on your behalf in order to ensure that you get what you deserve after the marriage has been dissolved. They should also have a good understanding of how the divorce will affect any minor children from the marriage and be able to handle any issues that may arise during the proceedings.
Simple divorces can be settled relatively quickly as there is little reason for any dispute to arise. However, more complicated divorces may have multiple issues that need to be resolved. A resolution regarding any disputes with regards to the divorce are best dealt with before a court hearing in order for a divorce to finalized quickly and efficiently. Divorce mediation is often a good way to settle disputes among the two parties and an experienced attorney may play a valuable role during the mediation process.
5. Case History
It is a good idea to research the case history of a specific attorney to assess their success rate related to their experience. An experienced lawyer who has a low success rate in providing a satisfactory outcome for their clients is no better than hiring an attorney fresh out of law school. It is also recommended to ensure that the attorney has experience both in court and in the divorce process.