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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 order for permanent alimony to be awarded in New Jersey, the marriage must have lasted at least 10 years and one spouse must have become economically dependent on the other. This type of alimony allows the obligee to maintain the lifestyle to which he or she has become accustomed for the duration of the obligor's lifetime (unless the obligee remarries).
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