If you are reading this blog, you are likely seriously considering getting a divorce in the San Diego or Encinitas area. We understand that is a stressful time for you. Choosing the right San Diego or Encinitas divorce attorney is no doubt part of this stress. I hope the following advice will help ease your anxiety.
The best way to begin your search is to ask family and friends for referrals. Searching through phone books, brochures and Web sites for “San Diego divorce lawyer,” “San Diego family lawyer,” “Encinitas divorce lawyer” or “Encinitas family lawyer” are other options.
You may feel intimidated about speaking with a divorce attorney. Research the particulars of California divorce law, so you feel confident speaking with attorneys about your concerns. Interview at least three San Diego or Encinitas attorneys before making a decision.
Once you narrow down your search, there are five things you should take into account:
1. How can a San Diego or Encinitas divorce lawyer help if the case doesn’t go to court?
Mediation can help resolve issues without a courtroom battle, at much less cost. But going to a mediator without a family lawyer can be a waste of time. If you and your spouse can’t solve issues on your own, a mediator – who has no authority to “force” anything to happen – might not be much help. Divorce lawyers on one or both sides can provide the extra push needed to reach an acceptable out-of-court settlement.
2. Is the San Diego or Encinitas divorce lawyer a Board Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization?
Any attorney can say they are a divorce or family lawyer, but only Board Certified Family Law Specialists are recognized by the State Bar of California as being experts in divorce and family law. Unlike other attorneys, Board Certified Specialists must meet stringent requirements to obtain that status, including significant experience in their practice area, numerous continuing education credits, passage of a written examination and colleague references.
3. Does the lawyer focus on only family or divorce law?
It is reasonable to assume the more focus an attorney places on a specific area of law, the more passion, experience and single-mindedness they bring to the table.
4. How comfortable do you feel with the San Diego or Encinitas Family Lawyer?
Schedule a consultation, even if there is a fee involved. Remember, an initial consultation does not obligate you to hire the firm. Ask questions about the strategy the divorce lawyer plans to use, and if he or she thinks the case will go to court. More than expertise, make sure the two of you get along. You will be spending a good deal of time with your divorce attorney, often discussing personal issues. It is imperative that you two have compatible personalities.
5. What is the San Diego / Encinitas divorce lawyers e-mail or correspondence policy?
San Diego or Encinitas divorce attorneys sometimes trust their assistants to handle e-mail inquiries, rather than handling it themselves. Others will not reply to an e-mail as quickly as they do to a phone call. You need to discuss this with each divorce lawyer before making a commitment.
You should also ask if the divorce attorney will bill for answering e-mail inquiries. The answer should be yes. This is a good indication that they value their time and pay attention to their inquiries. It also implies that your questions, no matter how they are received, will receive the same consideration.
Many San Diego or Encinitas divorce lawyers have the policy of only sending copies of legal documents via US mail, which can lead to several days of delay. Know beforehand if this is the case.
If you need to counsel with a professional San Diego or Encinitas divorce attorney. Don’t hesitate to contact the Edmunds Law firm at (800) 481-2526