Questions to Ask in Your First Meeting with a Divorce Attorney

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Questions to Ask in Your First Meeting with a Divorce Attorney

Planning for a divorce can be confusing, complicated, and frustrating. It is critical to find a divorce lawyer in Illinois with whom you feel comfortable working and trusting with your divorce case. Before you hire a divorce attorney, it is essential to arrange a consultation and to come prepared with questions to ask the lawyer that can help you to determine whether this is an attorney and firm you should hire to handle your case. What should you inquire about when you meet with a lawyer during an initial consultation? The following are examples of questions to ask in your first meeting with a divorce attorney in Illinois.

How Long Have You Been Handling Divorces in Illinois?

It is important to find out how long a lawyer has been handling divorces in Illinois and how familiar that attorney is with specific legal issues that are likely to arise under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA). This question is particularly important for attorneys who have worked previously on divorces in other states.

Have You Handled Divorce Cases With Circumstances Similar to Mine?

While divorce cases generally have many of the same elements, there are various nuances and complexities that will arise in every person’s divorce case. If you are expecting to deal with a specific type of complicated situation or a difficult legal matter, you should find out if the attorney has previous experience handling any divorces with fact patterns similar to your own.

Do You Focus on Divorce and Family Law?

Many law firms handle various kinds of legal issues, so you will want to find an attorney who focuses on family law and divorce specifically. You can ask about the percentage of family law and divorce cases an attorney handles in relation to their overall caseload and how frequently they handle divorces both in and out of court.  

How Will We Communicate During the Divorce Case?

You will want to find out how you will communicate with an attorney during your divorce case, and it will be important to hire an attorney who is willing to communicate based on your preferred method or methods. You can ask about phone calls, emails, text messages, Zoom meetings, and other forms of communication that are important to you.

How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

You should always feel comfortable inquiring about the likely costs associated with your divorce and how you will pay the lawyer who you ultimately hire. While it can sometimes feel uncomfortable to ask about money and payment, these kinds of questions are extremely important, and you need to know the answers in order to plan ahead. Although a divorce lawyer may not be able to give you a precise and definitive dollar amount, you should be able to get a sense of the likely costs to expect.

Contact an Illinois Divorce Lawyer Today

If you are anticipating a divorce or need assistance either filing a petition for dissolution of marriage or responding to a petition after being served, you should always seek help from an attorney. One of our experienced Illinois divorce attorneys can talk with you today about your case, and we can provide you with more information about what to expect during the process and how to move forward. Contact Reifman Law Offices today to learn more about the divorce services we provide to clients in Schaumburg and Northbrook.

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