Choosing Your Seattle Divorce Attorney
Despite the stress attached to getting divorced, do your best to not panic. Now is the time for a clearly focused mind, and for preventing mistakes you may later regret. Whether you have young children or adult children, keep them out of the picture and uninformed of the details as you negotiate with your partner, and by all means, don’t share any details with them. This is between you and your partner.
First, put your energy into locating the very best divorce attorney in Seattle where the divorce will be heard, possibly before a judge, in a courtroom. Don’t hesitate to “interview” attorneys until you find one who gives you a sense of ease. This means an attorney who is knowledgeable in local divorce law, who is established, skillful, empathetic, and patiently listens to your story, and who, when in court, is prepared to aggressively argue your case. Placing your future in the hands of another person can feel unsettling. Keep looking until you find a qualified divorce attorney who brings you confidence.
Next, gather all your relevant paperwork, from income tax statements to your marriage certificate, any legal documents related to pre-nuptial agreements or other legal actions taken relevant to you and/or your partner. If children are involved, seek a family law attorney and gather all documents related to them. Bring all of these documents to your attorney.
If a prenuptial agreement was made, ask the potential counsel if she or he has experience with such cases.
Law firms accomplished in divorce cases will present a team of legal professionals, each proficient in a specific aspect of divorce proceedings. Some will focus on the paperwork that will need to be filed in the court. Another will be qualified to arrange for legal documents to serve on your partner. When interviewing attorneys, look for one who introduces you to the law firm’s “team”.
A skillful divorce attorney, after learning the details leading up to the divorce, may recommend you and your partner enter into mediation before considering a courtroom confrontation.
Professional mediators can step in at some point in the pre-courtroom timeline to help you and your partner in a potential mediation process whereby if successful, you both will be spared the hefty expenses of taking the divorce to court.
Keep in mind that all divorces involve a certain level of stress and emotional distress. The best remedy for getting through this process without a meltdown is to take care of yourself. Get exercise. Watch comedies with a friend, on TV or in the theater, just not about divorce! Meet with friends as long as you can keep the details of your divorce out of the conversation. Certainly, if your friend has been divorced and was happy with his or her divorce attorney, ask your friend’s opinion of the divorce attorneys for both sides.
Once you’ve settled on a divorce attorney, relax, let the virtuosos take the load off your back, and above all, adopt a compassionate attitude toward the whole process, the professionals involved, and, most important, your soon-to-be-ex partner and yourself.
DuBois Cary Law Group
927 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
Call today: (206) 547-1486