From Mary Beth Hurtado of Distinctive Homes Main Line
As a divorced woman, myself, now remarried, I have a special feeling for the difficulties of going through a divorce. The uncertainties, the fears, the emotional upheaval. I want to be a sounding board for my clients to give them the support they need and deserve. I know my expertise and negotiating skills will help my divorcing clients to feel confident in going forward with finding a new home and/or selling the former marital residence.
In order to better serve my divorcing clients Distinctive Homes Main Line has become a Professional Real Estate Advocate of Divorce Shield. In this way we are joining advocates in such other professions as Divorce Attorneys, Financial Advisors, Accountants and Mortgage Consultants to form a team to advance the goals of divorcing clients.
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Below is the first of a series of articles from Divorce Shield to help people facing divorce.
Find out the Next Step…
When beginning the divorce process, one of the initial steps you can take is to understand your legal options and how to work with a divorce lawyer.
How can a divorce lawyer help you?
State divorce laws can be complex and depend on the circumstances of your case.
A local divorce attorney is familiar with divorce laws and can discuss how your divorce may be affected. Learn all the details of the divorce process with help from a divorce attorney and get legal advice on how to handle your divorce. Protect your rights and interests, as well as those of your family, with a divorce lawyer on your side today.
Hiring a Divorce Lawyer
When picking a divorce attorney, you will want to find a professional who understands the goals you’ve set in your divorce and will work with you to achieve those goals.
You should not hire a divorce attorney solely because of the big divorce settlements he or she has won or the reputation the divorce lawyer has made in divorce court. Ask yourself whether you are comfortable with the divorce attorney you hire and understand their philosophy in approaching a divorce case.
Most people choose to hire a divorce lawyer separate from their spouse. It’s generally unethical for a divorce attorney to represent both sides of a divorce case because the sides have opposing interests. By hiring a divorce lawyer, you are taking an important step toward protecting your rights during divorce.
Five Questions to Ask a Divorce Lawyer
Finding a divorce lawyer is a lot like going on job interviews, only you are the one asking the questions and making the executive decision about who you ultimately hire.
When speaking to a divorce attorney during an initial consultation, you may have a long list of questions you want to ask, but here are five important questions to consider asking any divorce lawyer:
1. What’s your experience in divorce law?
2. Are there alternative to divorce court?
3. What happens during the divorce process and how long does each step take?
4. What can I expect to get out of my case, with regards to property division, alimony, child support and child custody?
5. What are your fees? Can I get an estimate of how much my divorce will cost?
Before going to meet with a divorce lawyer, make a list of all of the questions you want to ask. It’s a good idea to take notes at the meeting, so you can remember what you liked and didn’t like about the meeting with the divorce attorney.