Beginner’s Guide to Selecting a Family Law Attorney

The Murrieta family court handles cases in which people are ending a marriage or registered domestic partnership, identifying a child’s legal parents, determining custody and visitation issues, establishing or enforcing child and spousal support, or dealing with domestic violence issues.  When facing any of these issues it is best to have a lawyer to represent you to reduce stress and to make sure your best interests are being met.

Choosing the best family law attorney within a good family law practice to help with the above issues requires asking the right questions.  It is a process that needs to be undertaken thoughtfully and pragmatically which is often hard to do especially during difficult and trying times.  However, identifying and prioritizing what is most important to you in a family attorney is extremely crucial and a considered approach will serve you best in the long run.

The questions listed are not in any particular order, nor are they inclusive but rather offer a place to start.  As you think about these questions, more questions will arise.  As you interview potential family law attorneys kept this list in mind, it will help to find the best representation for your situation.

  1. Does the attorney limit his or her practice to family law and directly related matters? In short, is she or he an expert?
  2. Does the attorney have sufficient knowledge and experience handling cases similar to yours?
  3. Does the attorney possess adequate resources (e.g., support staff, modern technology, ready access to other excellent family law attorneys, etc.) to ensure that you receive the right legal advice for your situation?
  4. Does the attorney appear, speak, and behave in a professional, courteous, and intelligent manner?
  5. Does the attorney answer questions completely and in terms easily understood?
  6. Does the attorney demonstrate a sincere interest in helping with your case? Does he or she really listen to you?
  7. Can the attorney articulate a strategy to help resolve you case in an advantageous fashion? Does the attorney explain the pros and cons of various options?
  8. Is the attorney ready, willing, able, and experienced enough to go to court hearings or trial on your behalf when necessary?
  9. Can the attorney ensure that, once your case begins, there is a schedule to keep it moving toward resolution?
  10. Do you feel that you can work well with the attorney?

Find out the answers to the above questions, interview several family law attorneys, then pick the best one for you.