What are Your Divorce Options?

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If you are looking to get a divorce, there are many decisions to be made.  Among them are the type of process you will use.  Yes, there’s more than one way to get a divorce. 1st Decision:  Lawyer or No Lawyer? Hopefully, you will go see a lawyer and get advice, but you do have the option of representing yourself.  …

Want An Amicable Divorce?

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The stereotype of divorce is a bitter fight between former lovers who now hate each other.  That is an image that often shows up in movies.  While that is what happens sometimes, a more common situation is two parties who have grown apart or who are tired of fighting, whether it’s over almost everything or over just a few issues. …

How to Prepare for a Peaceful Divorce

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Often, people become hurt and angry when it becomes clear they are facing a divorce.  In most cases, the divorce should not be a surprise, but sometimes it is.  While some people can overcome their anger at the situation and their spouse, others can’t.  Attorneys will tell the parties that if one person wants the divorce, it will happen eventually.  …

Do You Really Want to Spend Your Money on an Aggressive, Mean Lawyer?

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The other day, I was visiting with a highly educated man who started to tell me about his experience with divorce.  That’s not an unusual situation.  Everyone has stories from their own experiences or their family or friends’ experiences. Anyway, as it turned out, he was happy with the second attorney he used.  It seems the second attorney was a …

Do You Need an Attorney for a Temporary Orders Hearing?

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Yes! This will be a short post.  I hear from people all the time who have gotten served with papers and went to a Temporary Hearing without an attorney. Why without an attorney?  It usually is a lack of money, short notice or not knowing who to contact.  What can happen?  You can be kicked out of the house.  You …

How Do People Find Us?

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We have made suggestions previously in several posts about how to find and choose an attorney.  After some analysis, I figured out out that these methods seem to be the most common used by clients to find us. 1st Method:  Start with names. Potential clients regularly ask others for recommendations.  They talk with: attorneys,  counselors,  religious advisors/leaders/ministers/rabbis/priests,  relatives,  friends,  neighbors,  …

Watch Out for the Side Effects!

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I just read about a new App for a smartphone this morning.  This App was developed in California to help people figure out how to divide up their property as they go through a divorce.  It’s really intended to replace an attorney’s role in the process. As admirable as that may seem, there is a great potential for creating major …

How to Pay for an Attorney

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One of the basic issues for someone needing an attorney is how to pay for one.  For some people, it’s not really a concern.  For others, it may seem insurmountable.  Keep in mind that courts don’t appoint attorneys to represent parties in divorces and most family law cases.  If you want a pro bono attorney, you pretty much have to …

How to Decide Which Family Law Attorney to Hire

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Once you have made the decision to hire an attorney, you need to look around to find out who is available.  There are many attorneys and there are many different personalities and approaches to handling a family law case.  How do you decide who to hire?  Here’s how you move forward in your quest. Where to find attorneys. Get references …

Do I Need to Hire an Attorney for my Divorce?

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Divorce is rarely easy or pleasant.  In most cases, trying to get divorced without an attorney is harder or has a worse outcome.  Lawyers can be expensive, but not having one when you need one is potentially FAR more expensive. Here’s a brief answer to the headline question. When You Need a Divorce Lawyer: When you have kids.  Some of …