Choosing the right New Jersey divorce lawyer can have a major impact on the emotional and financial well-being of you and your family. Below are some common questions and answers about how to choose a New Jersey divorce lawyer.
Do I need an attorney to get divorced in New Jersey?
Technically, you do not need to hire an New Jersey divorce lawyer to get divorced in New Jersey. But you’re crazy not to. There are many legal issues that must be resolved during a divorce: custody, parenting time, alimony, child support, equitable distribution, and many more. New Jersey divorce lawyers will walk you through the legal processes and laws.
Should the attorney specialize in New Jersey family law?
The better question is: why wouldn’t you use an attorney who specializes in family law? With so many attorneys to choose from, you will be best served by picking one who has in-depth knowledge of New Jersey family law. New Jersey divorce lawyers have seen how cases settle, what is fair, and are inventive when it comes to creating solutions for your family.
Do I need aggressive representation?
Don’t be fooled by “bulldog” lawyers who promise you highly aggressive representation. The best NJ family law attorneys know how to settle your case and do not have to bully the other party while doing so. Representation that is overly aggressive adds to the stress and trauma already caused by divorce – more importantly, it simply doesn’t work. Judges are not impressed by aggressive tactics, and are usually annoyed by them. Bulldog attorneys are often unrealistic and don’t serve your long-term goals. The tone set during your divorce will affect your relationship with your ex in the future. Nobody wants it to be difficult to work with their ex-spouse. And in reality, if there are children involved, your ex will probably be in your life forever, one way or another.
How much should I spend on a New Jersey divorce lawyer?
There is no right answer to this question. There are attorneys who charge $400 to $500 per hour, who will achieve the exact same result as one who costs much, much less. You should not infer that attorneys who charge more are better, or ones who charge less are worse. What’s more important is that the attorney will be available for you and provide judicious representation. Why not meet with multiple lawyers before choosing? As long as your attorney is an expert in NJ family law, it is best that you feel comfortable and secure with him or her.
What happens at a New Jersey divorce lawyer consultation? Should I bring anything?
Don’t be scared to consult with an attorney. Most are happy to speak with you about your legal issues. During the consultation, bring all of your relevant paper work, prior court orders and judgments, etc. An attorney will usually review relevant documents, listen to your issues, and discuss the steps he or she can take to help. There is nothing that can force you to hire the attorney you meet with. So pick up the phone and make a consultation TODAY!