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What should you look for in a family law attorney?

One of the first and most important decisions you'll make in your divorce is your choice of a family law attorney. As you talk to attorneys you're considering retaining, you'll be looking for someone who understands your priorities, such as keeping a fair share of the marital assets, getting the child custody rights you're seeking and/or obtaining the support agreement you need.

Experience is a key factor in choosing an attorney. You want someone with a good deal of experience in this field of law and who has earned a good reputation as an ethical, effective professional. However, that may not mean going with the most sought-after attorney in your area. You also want someone who has the time to devote to your case and who won't hand many of the duties off to a junior person in the firm.

As you're interviewing attorneys to represent you, find out how familiar they are with the latest technology used in family law -- particularly if you and your spouse have children. There are a number of co-parenting apps, such as Our Family Wizard, that can make life easier for everyone. An attorney who is familiar with them can help you incorporate them into your parenting plan.

You need an attorney with whom you're comfortable. Divorce cases require sharing personal and not always flattering aspects of your life. You have to be able to be honest with your attorney for them to effectively represent you.

Finally, be sure that you're on the same page regarding how you want to approach the divorce. You may not need someone who is known for going for the jugular. Often, the best agreements are worked out by both sides listening to and understanding each other. An Arizona family law attorney can be a diplomat and still work to protect your rights and interests and help you do what's best for your children.

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