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What Should You Ask A Divorce Attorney At Your First Consultation?

Messy. Complicated. Ruthless. Expensive.

These are all words that can describe the process of legally separating from your spouse. Deciding to take the steps necessary to legally end your marriage is hard enough, which is why the divorce attorneys of Quatela Hargraves & Chimeri aim to make the process of following through on that decision as easy as possible. Keep reading to learn how to be completely prepared for your first consultation with a divorce attorney, including the most important questions to ask. We hope to be able to guide you through this complicated process as smoothly as possible.

Don't Just Choose A Divorce Attorney Out Of The Phone Book

Or Google, since that's the way people tend to find legal service providers these days. While searching in your community for the most popular divorce attorney is a good starting point, you also want to make sure they're the right attorney for your particular set of circumstances. Ask for recommendations from family members and friends, read reviews, and most importantly, make them prove that they are the best choice for you during a thorough consultation about your case.

Bring This List Of Questions To Your Divorce Attorney Consultation

The attorneys at Quatela Hargraves & Chimeri have worked hard to become Massapequa's top choice for divorce counsel, but we're well aware of the fact that we need to earn your trust in order to become your divorce attorneys.

Whether you ultimately choose us or someone else, these are the questions that any potential divorce attorney should be able to answer to your satisfaction:

  • How Long Have You Been Practicing Divorce Law?
    The longer the period of time, the better. What you need when it comes to a divorce attorney is experience. This will allow them to choose the most efficient path forward for your case and prepare you for any emotional challenges that may arise along the way. What you absolutely do not want is a divorce attorney who is working their first or second case. Our attorneys are experienced and accomplished, dedicated to making you our top priority as long as your case is under our supervision.
  • How Many Cases Like Mine Have You Taken To Trial?
    Again, the way they answer this question speaks to their experience as well as the likelihood that they'll be able to deliver the results you're looking for. Every divorce case, even the seemingly simple ones, have different circumstances that demand a unique approach.
  • What Is Your Strategy For Achieving My Goals For This Case?
    Upon proving that they're experienced with cases that are similar to yours in significant ways, your potential divorce lawyer should be able to present you with at least a preliminary strategy for how they would go about achieving positive results. By 'positive' we mean the goals that you want for your divorce. Sometimes this involves asset retention, sometimes it involves custody of children or pets. Whatever is most important to you is what should be most important to your attorney.
  • How Much Do You Anticipate My Divorce Case Will Cost?
    You might feel embarrassed or hesitant to ask this question, but rest assured, your potential divorce attorney is thinking about it to. After all, cases are how we make a living. However, it's absolutely necessary that your attorney be able to provide you with an estimate so that you know ahead of time whether you'll be able to afford what success will cost.
  • What Should I Be Doing Now To Advance My Goals?
    The very moment you decide to get a divorce, you need to be taking steps to protect yourself and advance your goals. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your divorce, it's likely that your soon-to-be-ex will try to make the process as painful and non-productive as possible. The right attorney will be able to provide you with advice as to how you should behave in the weeks and months that your divorce is in progress.

Quatela Hargraves & Chimeri Are Your Experienced Divorce Attorneys

As stated previously, we encourage you to take this list of questions to every divorce attorney consultation you attend. We hope that if you're located in Massapequa or the surrounding areas, you'll give us the chance to hear about your case and devise a strategy that will bring you success.

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