Have a Family Law Question?
Family law matters run the gamut, from simple premarital agreements, to marriage and partnership issues, guardianships, adoptions, and the more traditional divorce, custody, and support disputes. If you have questions about a family law concern, it’s important to speak to an experienced attorney, who practices in your area and is familiar with state and local laws and court rules. A seasoned family law attorney can formulate a tailored strategy based on your circumstances and explain your best legal options.
Look for a family law attorney whose experience matches your needs. Are you considering adopting a child from another country? Then make sure the lawyer you hire has a special focus on international adoptions. Ask questions about your potential attorney’s legal background, specializations, and number of years spent practicing in the relevant family law field. When facing emotionally-charged issues that have a lasting impact on you and your loved ones, it’s essential to find a highly-experienced lawyer you can trust.
Looking for a Lawyer?
At Lawyers.com, you’ll find a user-friendly search tool that allows you to tailor results by area of law and geography. You can also search for attorneys by name. Attorney profiles prominently display contact information, list topics of expertise, and show ratings—by both clients and other legal professionals.
Ready to Meet With a Lawyer?
Before hiring a lawyer or law firm, make sure to speak directly—preferably in person—to the attorney who will be primarily responsible for handling your case. Consider bringing to the conversation a list of questions and any documentation related to your case. Remember that you don’t need to hire the first lawyer you consult and that, first and foremost, you want a lawyer you trust.
What to Ask a Lawyer
When gathering your thoughts and documents, think about what you’ll want to ask the lawyer. Consider including on your list questions about:
- the attorney-client privilege
- the lawyer’s experience with family law issues like yours
- the lawyer’s familiarity with the relevant court system
- how often the lawyer goes to trial (as opposed to settling)
- who else will work on your case
- attorneys’ fees and other expenses related to the case (including how the cost might increase as the case moves to other stages, like trial)
- how long the case might take, and
- the lawyer’s initial impressions of your case and options.