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With literally thousands of licensed attorneys practicing in your area and numerous Yellow Page advertisements, phone book listings, and directories seeking your business, how does one go about choosing the right divorce attorney?
You’re in an attorney’s office and are about to sign a retainer agreement with the attorney, but do you really have a clear understanding of the agreement? Before entering into an agreement, you would be wise to consider the following points.
The characteristics of a divorce lawyer are important to consider when seeking legal representation. Whether your divorce is highly contested or whether you are close to settling all or most of the major issues pertaining to your divorce such as child custody, visitation, division of property, and support, the following characteristics of a prospective divorce lawyer should be considered.
Assuming that you have several prospective divorce lawyers in mind to handle your divorce or custody case, you must investigate the qualifications of each attorney.
There are several ways in which you can communicate with your divorce lawyer, but some methods may be more effective than others.
You have the right to competent counsel with the skill, knowledge, emotional, mental, and physical ability to diligently and efficiently represent your interests to the highest standards.
You open up the phone book and are faced with so many ads for divorce lawyers you have no idea who to call. Divorce is scary because you have heard so many stories from your friends about how nasty and expensive their own divorce was.
To file for divorce, one spouse must have lived in California for the last six months, and the county where the action is filed for the last three months. Spouses who have lived in California for at least six months, but in different counties for at least three months can file in either county. These California residency requirements must be met in order for the court to have jurisdiction of the case.
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