When you hire someone to work for you, it’s important to do a little background check to help determine if this person best suits your needs.  Review resumes, talk with referrals, and talk to your local better business bureau.  

Use these tips so you can choose a lawyer that best fits your needs: 

Good Referral Sources 

  • Ask trustworthy friends and family members for a referral. Your friends who have been through a divorce may recommend their lawyers too. You can also check a list of your local bar association members which may be able to provide good services at a low fee. 


  • As with any working relationship, chemistry between you and your lawyer is important. Do not hire someone you are not comfortable working with. 

Fees and Billing

  • It is best to know the lawyer’s financial fees even before you hire them.  Make sure that all financial details and arrangements are put into writing and all fees are clear before signing any documents.

How to Interview a Lawyer 

  • Questions should focus on details about their competency as a mediator, how many divorce cases they have handled and where they went to law school. It is also important to ask about day-to-day operations like availability for phone calls and if there associates  will work on your case. Anticipate some problems that you might be faced with (you can base this from your family and friend’s experiences) and let your lawyer respond to such queries. Before the interview, write down your questions. Bring the list of questions with you to the interview.  

After deciding on the right lawyer for you, he or she will have you sign a detailed financial agreement for. Before doing so, make sure that you have read all the details and take time to think of additional questions that you can ask. Choosing the best divorce lawyer for you is a giant forward step towards gaining confidence and handling your divorce correctly.

Full-Service Lawyers

The range of services offered by an attorney is one of the important factors that should be taken into consideration in choosing a divorce lawyer. Decide on this before you start interviewing. 

Full service versus limited representation

  • Full service representation involves all the tedious work like research, paperwork, and calculations of taxes. Limited representation renders limited-scope legal assistance. 


  • If you don’t mind allocating a substantial budget for attorney’s fee, then a full-service attorney might be best for you.  Make sure that you really have the budget as it becomes more costly to hire another full-service lawyer after being unable to pay your lawyer in full. 

Substantial Properties/Custody War

  • If your assets are at stake or you and your ex-spouse are fighting over custody rights, you might want to consider hiring a full-service lawyer. 

Knowledge about the law

  • Hiring a full-service lawyer frees you from having to research, study and familiarize yourself about divorce law. This expertise does come at a price. The other option is to make the divorce easier and less expensive by familiarizing yourself about the nature of divorce. You can also find local, state and national organizations that are willing to help.

While it is true that a full service lawyer can be your best option, this can only become a reality if you have the money and are willing to pay by the thousands. Whether you choose to hire a full-service lawyer or be content with limited representation, the most important thing to do is to determine what will work for you. Either you earn more money to afford full representation, or obtain limited representation and do a little work yourself.