Divorce lawyers are professionals who specialize in legal issues related to divorce, such as annulment, dissolution, and divorce itself. Some lawyers are family law practitioners and deal with issues related to family and marriage, for example, wills and adoption.
The job of the divorce lawyer is to explain how laws apply to the client’s circumstances and advice them what they are entitled to and what their rights are. The lawyer represents the client during negotiations with the attorney of their spouse in order to reach a satisfactory divorce settlement.
During the first meeting, the client explains the reasons to seek divorce and provides a synopsis of the situation. The lawyer may advise on a variety of matters related to credit cards, bank accounts, and money and material possessions. The lawyer may also advise on child custody issues, moving out of the family home, and other apprehensions the client has. Then, the lawyer explains what the client may expect as an outcome of the divorce process. They may give the client advice on professional therapists should they or their children need professional help.
If one’s spouse starts divorce proceedings, the divorce lawyer is the one to respond to the complaint. To get a good idea of your case, the lawyer will review your real estate and business documents, financial situation, pension, insurance policy, and copies of tax returns. The lawyer also prepares motions related to spousal and child support, custody arrangements, and orders for temporary visitation. If the lawyer requires more documents or answers from the client’s spouse, they may request documents or interrogate them.
The lawyer may be tasked with enforcing a prenuptial agreement or they may engage in other stipulations of the divorce procedure. For instance, if the couple keeps embryos in storage, the lawyers of both parties are to decide what will happen to them. If the divorce is contentious, the lawyer represents the client in court and deals with issues such as child custody and adoption.
During divorce procedures, the client may need an expert opinion on issues such as business valuations, property appraisals, and custody arrangements. The divorce lawyer will recommend professionals who handle such issues. The lawyer also accompanies the client to hearings and depositions and court-appointed conferences. These include business valuations, spousal support conferences, child support conferences, and if no settlement is reached, trial. Attorneys also prepare clients in case they go to trial by explaining them the possible scenarios which might arise in court. These include what questions to expect during cross examinations and how to dress.
In general, divorce lawyers act as advisers and advocates. As advisers, they are tasked with explaining clients their obligations and rights. As advocates, they represent clients and present supportive evidence in court. Divorce lawyers apply laws to specific circumstances and interpret laws.
Divorce lawyers also prepare prenuptial agreements for clients at the start of a marriage. Prenuptial agreements ensure that there will be grounds for an amicable divorce in case the marriage does not end well.
Finally, what are the rights of clients when dealing with a divorce attorney? The client has the right to have the lawyer’s fee completely and fully explained before using the lawyer’s services. There should be a written retainer agreement which describes the relationship between the lawyer and the client regarding financial matters. Clients may refuse to have a modification of the fee or an unacceptable fee arrangement. The client should be informed of any issues related to their case unless the court decides otherwise. On his part, the divorce lawyer should provide bills regularly, itemized and showing the time and charges spent on different activities.