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Divorce Attorney Red Flags You Need to be Wary of

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2017 | Divorce


More than 1 million children are involved in divorce proceedings annually, and in order to make their involvement minimal, it’s important to hire a good divorce attorney. That being said, you need to know what to look for first.

It’s easy to define the qualities of a good divorce lawyer, but learning the red flags is just as important. Here are some extremely important red flags to be aware of during your search for qualified divorce attorneys.

Unresponsive Nature
Divorce is an intense process that takes a lot of time and in most cases a lot of effort to complete. But above all else, divorce proceedings require excellent communication. If your family lawyer is unwilling to communicate and frequently misses calls and leaves emails un-answered, it’s definitely time to look elsewhere.

Unversed in Local Court Practices
No matter the type of divorce you opt for, your lawyer should always be well aware of the local court practices regarding cases similar to yours. After all, you’re not the expert, your lawyer is. If you’re getting divorced in Virginia and your Virginia lawyers can’t properly explain state practice regarding divorce, you’ve got an issue.

Lacking in Compassion
You don’t have to be friends with your divorce attorney, but they should care about making your case run smoothly and quickly. No lawyer should want to drag out a divorce case or be completely apathetic towards their client. Your lawyer should care about your case’s success.

Lack of Updates
Your lawyer should never make a move without consulting you first. If your case is moving forward without your consent or awareness, there’s a big problem. This is a red flag so serious that it warrants hiring a new lawyer to represent you. You should always be 100% aware of what’s going on in your divorce.

Finding a great lawyer is simple as soon as you know what to look for. If you’re aware of the red flags, then you should be able to tell the good lawyers from those who can’t represent you with ease.

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