Although family lawyers are able to routinely represent spouses during a divorce, there are some who have opted to specialize only in divorce matters and not other family law. They represent a spouse who wants to get a divorce and it is their job to:
• Make sure that the claims for ending the marriage are legal and they can be recognized as such in court.
• Help their client with division of assets. There is usually a tug of war because either spouse wants to keep as much as they can get and it is the job of the lawyer to make sure that they help their client to get what is duly theirs.
• They help with child custody issues; they will file a motion for a judge to decide who will have the kids and how often.
• They file all the necessary paperwork for the court and then appear in person on the required dates to represent their client.
• If there are issues to be decided upon after the divorce, like supervision of division of assets, they will appear for their client.
Different divorce lawyers ask to be paid differently. Some want a flat fee and others will ask for an hourly rate. If you will be paying hourly, make sure that you spend the time with your lawyer wisely so that you minimize your expenses. Also, organize your paperwork so that he doesn’t spend a lot of time doing it – he will charge you for every hour he spends on your case.
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