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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:
New Jersey is an equitable distribution state, meaning that the division of property in a divorce is to be done fairly, not necessarily equally. The court can take into consideration any factor it deems relevant when dividing property, but it must consider certain factors, such as how long the couple was married and the age and health of both spouses, the income or property brought to the marriage by each spouse, the standard of living that was achieved during the marriage, and the extent to which one spouse may have deferred career goals, among others.
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