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Divorce Strategy

What’s the Best Strategy for my Divorce?

Unfortunately, it's easy to stumble in divorce with so many moving parts and potential mistakes that could be made. The best way to ensure success going forward is to take the time to plan and create a good divorce strategy. There is no one size fits all strategy, everyone's case is unique. However, all good strategies start with choosing the right divorce attorney, educating yourself about your rights, and avoiding common divorce mistakes.

How do I Select the Best Divorce Lawyer for Me? 

Remember, you must feel comfortable working with your divorce lawyer. Take the time to interview your lawyer and ask the right questions to make sure they are the best divorce lawyer for your case.

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How do I Choose a Divorce Lawyer?

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Aggressive isn't Always Best

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What Questions Should I ask my Lawyer?

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Collaborative Divorce Lawyers

How do I choose the best divorce lawyer for my case?
How do I Choose a Divorce Lawyer?

There's more to choosing a divorce lawyer than listening to commercials or advertisements. Not all lawyers are created equal. You can read reviews and check ratings, but there's no substitute for speaking with a lawyer over the phone or in person to see if they are a good fit. Treat your consultation as an interview. Present the circumstances of your case and communicate your goals and expectations. Select the lawyer that earns your trust and effectively communicates a plan or strategy to help you achieve your goals.

Do I need to hire an aggressive divorce lawyer?
Aggressive isn't Always Best

Should I go out and hire the most aggressive lawyer that takes every case to court? Not necessarily. There are pros and cons to hiring aggressive lawyers. While it may seem like an aggressive lawyer will fight harder for you, this "fighting" can work to prevent settlement and lengthen the divorce while upping the tensions and cost. The truth is that the role of an effective and successful divorce attorney involves being a reasonable and responsible counselor and providing clients the best advice based on research and experience.

What questions should ask your divorce lawyer?
What Questions Should I ask my Lawyer?
The only way to get an idea of whether a lawyer is right for you is to speak to that lawyer and ask the right questions. First check to see if the lawyer listens to you and your goals or if they try to fit you into a one size fits all plan without listening to you. A lawyer who doesn't listen to you will be difficult to work with. Next, there are several important questions you should ask. Don't be afraid to ask about the fee structure or their level of experience in divorce and family law. The lawyer may be a seasoned personal injury lawyer but they may have no experience in divorce. Evaluate how clearly the lawyer explains your rights and the law to you.
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Collaborative Divorce Lawyers
The traditional adversarial approach in divorce, tends to create more tension and lead to fighting, higher costs and a longer divorce process. The goal of collaborative divorce is for both parties to reach a mutually beneficial settlement agreement without going to court. During the collaborative divorce process, each spouse is represented by a lawyer that resolves the terms of the divorce through negotiation and settlement.

Avoid These Common Divorce Mistakes

Divorce is an already a difficult process to undergo. Emotions often run high and people feel anger, guilt, sadness and loneliness. These negative emotions may lead people to make mistakes that can potentially have long term negative effects on their life. Take some time to read through our list of common divorce mistakes. It's best to familiarize yourself with this list early on in the process.

How do I Lower the Costs of Divorce?

Divorce can be very expensive. However, there are certain actions and strategies you can take to lower the costs of your divorce without compromising on the result. First, it's important to understand why divorce can be expensive. Divorce lawyers bill by the hour, which means they have a set hourly rate and they bill their clients for every hour worked on their case. It stands to reason, the longer and more litigious your case is - the more expensive it will be. There are certain tips and strategies you can implement to make sure you don't get stuck with a huge bill.

What Do Parents Need to Know for Divorce?

Single Moms in Georgia

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, between 1994 and 2011, the rate of births by single mothers in Georgia increased from 35.5 % to 45.1%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report similar national statistics.

Can Dad's Win Custody?

One of the most common questions that divorce lawyers get is, "can fathers win custody of their children or do mothers always win"? In Georgia, the law is very clear on this matter. There is no presumption in favor of the mother. Custody decisions are not based on the sex of the parents, they are instead based on what is in the best interests of the child/children involved.

Should I use Online Divorce Forms?

There are several reasons why people may want to seek out online divorce forms rather than use a traditional lawyer. The primary reason is that they fear using a lawyer will be too expensive. While online divorce forms may seem convenient and affordable they present several risks. It's best to familiarize yourself with those risks before deciding to use online divorce forms. Additionally, there are many advertisements online for purchasing online forms. Use caution about paying for these since most of these forms can be found online for free.

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