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You and Your Lawyer - Finding Mr. and Ms. Right
When you interview divorce lawyers, you should look for certain qualities. First of all, you need someone who is intelligent. You will be able to judge ""smarts" by the manner in which an attorney questions you about your husband's job or business, the children, your home, the mortgage, and your economic situation.
Second, you don't want an "arm waiver" or a "shouter"; life isn't T.V. You want someone who is calm, cool, confident, convincing and articulate.
Although many divorce cases are settled and thus do not get to Court assume yours will not be settled. You want a trial lawyer who specializes in divorce. When interviewing a lawyer you want to determine whether the attorney is good at his or her job and also whether he/she has a personality and outlook that is compatible with yours.
Here are some questions you should ask during the initial interview:
In New Jersey, a separation agreement is any legal document signed by both spouses outlining the terms of the separation. Subjects resolved in a separation agreement can include child support, child custody, debt allocation and asset distribution. Notarizing the document ensures its validity, since there is no such case-type in New Jersey that provides for a "legal separation." Spouses wanting child support during the separation period, however, must file a claim with the New Jersey probation department.
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