When spouses divorce, it is critical that each retain the services of an experienced family law attorney who will advocate for their best interests during the construction of a divorce settlement. Failure to find an attorney who meets your unique needs may impact your ability to receive a fair financial settlement and to ensure that your child’s best interests are met in whatever kind of child custody or parenting plan he or she would most benefit from.
It is possible that even after extensive research and interviews, the divorce attorney you choose may ultimately be a poor fit for your specific needs. Even if the attorney is well-educated, well-intentioned, and works to advocate for you, the fit between you both may simply not be an ideal match. If this is happening to you, understand that you may greatly benefit from hiring a new divorce attorney.
The relationship between you and your attorney should be based on trust, respect, and an appreciation for your family’s unique needs. If your attorney is blatantly disrespectful, makes you feel unreasonably uncomfortable, or fails to answer your calls, it may be necessary to switch your representation.
In addition, it is critical that your attorney keeps you informed about the progression of your case and seeks your approval when it comes to important decisions. If your attorney fails to do these things, you may require new counsel. Even if your attorney is a good communicator, do not hesitate to make a change if your attorney is taking your case in a direction that you do not approve of.
The outcome of your divorce and child custody case is simply too important to your future to gamble with. If your gut is telling you that you need a different advocate, you will likely benefit from seeking one out.
Source: Huffington Post, “Divorce Confidential: 5 Signs It’s Time to Break Up With Your Divorce Attorney,” Caroline Choi, Oct. 11, 2013