Finding the best divorce lawyer for your needs takes a little bit of time and research. When speaking with prospective divorce lawyers to handle your case, consider asking the following questions. Not only will you find out if the attorney meets your qualifications, you will also discover whether the two of you have an easy rapport.
QUESTIONS FOR ALBUQUERQUE DIVORCE LAWYERS
DO YOU HAVE SPECIAL TRAINING OR CERTIFICATION IN DIVORCE LAW?
To find the best divorce lawyer for your case, ask your prospective attorney if they are a certified specialist in family law. For example, the divorce lawyers at Terry & deGraauw, P.C. are recognized by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization as certified specialists in family law. This is a reflection of our extensive training and experience in handling divorces, child custody cases, guardianships, adoptions and more.
HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU HANDLED DIVORCE CASES?
Even if an attorney has years of experience, sometimes it is in a different area of law (such as criminal law or bankruptcy law). Ask the prospective attorney how many years he or she has been working specifically in the area of divorce and family law.
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY FOR HANDLING DIVORCE CASES?
Some divorce attorneys believe the most important thing is “winning” a divorce, but in truth, nobody wins when a couple decides to part. The best divorce lawyers strike a balance between aggressively protecting your rights and negotiating an equitable, amicable divorce. If an attorney is too preoccupied with “winning”, the legal process can quickly destroy the well-being of your family.
ARE YOU TRAINED IN MEDIATION AND/OR COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE?
A divorce attorney trained in mediation and collaborative divorce law is more likely to provide creative and effective representation. When an attorney has experience helping couples work out differences outside of court, you’re more likely to avoid expensive legal battles in the courtroom. At Terry & deGraauw, P.C., we always try to resolve divorces outside of court first.
HOW MANY OF YOUR CASES WENT TO TRIAL LAST YEAR?
You will want to find a divorce attorney who keeps most of his or her cases out of court. At the same time, an attorney who never takes a case to trial may not be your best advocate. Find an attorney who has a fair balance of both, and you are more likely to have chosen an attorney who has the ability to resolve your divorce successfully.
ARE THERE ANY CHANGES IN NEW MEXICO DIVORCE LAW THAT COULD AFFECT MY CASE?
A prospective attorney should be able to answer this question immediately. The best divorce attorneys keep apprised of any changes to New Mexico divorce law. It’s important to choose a divorce attorney who understands how changes may affect your case.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED ALBUQUERQUE DIVORCE ATTORNEYS
The attorneys at Terry & deGraauw, P.C. are family law specialists who understand New Mexico divorce laws and how to protect your rights throughout the divorce process. Whether you are facing uncontested divorce, litigation or want to divorce Collaboratively, we have the expertise you need to protect your interests and your future.