By John Kitts, CityScoop Staff Writer
When it comes to divorce, family legal issues, child custody matters, spousal and child support, property division, prenuptial agreements, etc, there rarely is a simple answer to any question. You might have one of the follow questions that you really need answered:
How long will my divorce take?
How much money will my spouse receive?
How much money will I receive?
Do I get custody over the children if I earn the most money annually?
These are all very good questions that you might want answered right away. But the problem is that there just isn’t an easy and simple answer. Each situation is different and needs to be addressed individually. It is essential for a divorce lawyer to sit down with each individual and get to the root of the issue. Questions need to be asked by your family law attorney before any initial assessment can be made. And that’s the catch 22, if you will. You want to do some research and get some numbers before you hire a divorce lawyer. But you can’t do that without answering some questions that your divorce attorney will need to know.
That’s why some select divorce attorneys offer a free initial consultation. A good divorce attorney can get a general idea of your case in your first half hour with him or her–either in person or sometimes over the phone. And then, from there, you can make a better decision about who you want to represent you.So do yourself a favor and arm yourself. While your attorney is interviewing you, interview him or her. Find out how long they have been practicing law. Ask about the facts of your case. Google them! Because this is a big decision that you don’t want to make lightly. You want a good lawyer for a good price who cares about your case and is thorough.
And if you’re in the Walnut Creek, CA area or anywhere in Contra Costa County, I know of a divorce lawyer who is solid, respected, thorough, experienced, fair and reasonably priced. His name is Duane Henry and he’s been practicing family law for many years. Prior to practicing family law he was in-house counsel for AT&T handling their litigation and negotiations. Needless to say, he really knows his stuff. But don’t take my word for it. Visit his site and see for yourself…
Duane Henry is a CityScoop local expert and he publishes information at his CityScoop website. He authors the local family law column for Walnut Creek, CA, and all of Contra Costa County, which you can visit by clicking the link below: