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Busiest Time of Year for Divorce: Choose the Right Attorney

Delaware, OH (PRWEB) February 01, 2012

When it comes to making the best decision about which attorney to hire for their divorce case, most people choose one by getting a referral from a friend or a relative. Although this is a common way to choose an attorney, it can lead to a mismatch between the way the client expects that their case will be handled and the manner in which that attorney usually handles their clients’ cases. To avoid the messy problem of having to divorce your divorce attorney, it is helpful to know what to ask when evaluating attorneys to find the right fit.

Nancy Kay, Divorce Coach at “Moving Forward Through Divorce” recommends that those facing divorce first determine which type of divorce process would be most likely to work with their specific situation: mediation, traditional litigation or collaborative divorce.

When interviewing litigation attorneys, be sure to ask what percentage of their cases are in Family Law and which counties they practice in the most. Since divorce cases can often drag along for years through the court system, it is very important to find an attorney who has long-standing and high quality relationships with the other divorce attorneys, experts and judges who may become involved in the case. In addition, finding out what their experiences have been like with the opposing counsel can provide insight into how they typically work out their differences.

Stellar negotiation skills and the ability to problem-solve are other key signs of a great attorney.

Find out how they have negotiated outcomes in similar cases and also take the time to assess their communication style. Ask about how they approached difficult problems that came up and how they resolved them. Since around 95% of litigated cases reach settlement before trial, the more skilled the attorney is at problem-solving, the greater chance there is for a faster and more favorable outcome.

Collaborative Family Law is another option to consider when deciding which approach to use for divorce. In Collaborative Divorce, both parties enter into an agreement where they work with a specific team of attorneys and experts, and both parties sign an agreement that they will avoid going to court to settle their differences. Collaborative attorneys often use creative approaches to negotiating conflicts and many connect their clients to Divorce Coaches who can help the parties deal with the intensity of their emotions and help them to learn valuable strategies to start moving forward through divorce.

When interviewing prospective collaborative law attorneys, be sure to take a close look at the requirements of the agreement that needs to be signed by both parties when starting the process. Ask about the typical costs that will need to be paid and how these costs are usually divided between the parties. If you suspect that a spouse is concealing financial information, ask about how the Collaborative Team deals with this issue.

Finally, be sure to ask any prospective attorneys about their time frame for responding to emails and phone calls. Will they provide their cell phone number in case of emergency? Since Family Law Attorneys spend so much of their time at court, it is essential to find out upfront about how closely they stay in contact with their clients as their cases progress.

Divorce Coach Nancy Kay guides women and men who are trying to navigate through the storm of divorce. She combines her experiences from working as a Family Law Paralegal with her Coaching Training and personal experiences in a high-conflict divorce to help her clients work more effectively with their Divorce Team as they find their way through divorce. Coaching is available by phone or through Skype.

To find out more about how to choose the right divorce attorney and Develop a Smart Action Plan to feel more in control, visit http://movingforwardthroughdivorce.com



Joseph, Greenwald & Laake’s Attorney, Regina DeMeo Discusses Love, Marriage and Divorce on "Money Matters"

(Vocus/PRWEB) January 18, 2011

Regina A. DeMeo of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A. was featured Tuesday, January 11, in a half-hour segment on Love, Marriage and Divorce for “Money Matters” on Montgomery Municipal Cable’s Channel 16. Regina begins by talking about some of the recent marriage trends and the importance in taking one’s time to find the right partner for a marriage. Couples need to be aware of the pact they are entering into “before they walk down the aisle, after the butterflies have faded.” She encourages people to talk about their finances, and to explore the possibility of a prenuptial agreement, which allows people to redefine what is marital versus non-marital property. Couples can also use prenuptial agreements to limit their exposure to alimony by setting caps on the amount and duration. Over the past decade, these types of agreements have seen a dramatic increase in popularity, not just with the rich and famous. She likens a prenuptial agreement to a safety belt, saying “no one gets into a car thinking it is going to crash, but they put on the seatbelt, just in case. A prenup is the same thing, it is a way to ensure you minimize the damage in the event of divorce.” Finally, if a person is contemplating a divorce, Regina explains the options available to a party, including litigation, mediation or a Collaborative Divorce. In the latter model, which has been gaining a lot of media attention recently, the parties and attorneys sign a contract not to go to court and instead they all work together to develop resolution options that will benefit the family as a whole.    

The show will air again this Tuesday, January 18 at 9pm; Thursday at 9:30pm and Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 6:30pm. In the meantime, she has written a chapter for a book called “Inside the Minds: Understanding Collaborative Family Law,” which will become available in February 2011. She is continuing to lecture at George Washington University Law School and Georgetown’s National Law Center on Collaborative Divorce and will moderate a panel discussion on this topic for the Montgomery County Bar Association on February 17, 2010.


David Bulitt

Joseph, Greenwald & Laake

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