Choosing a Chicago divorce lawyer is a difficult task for many reason, not least of which the divorce is most likely causing anxiety and palpable havoc on your life. Nevertheless, there are a few points to consider when choose a family law, divorce, or child custody lawyer in Chicago, Illinois, or elsewhere.
- Ask for referrals. You can ask family and friends for referrals to divorce lawyers. However, you should make sure the referrals are actually worthwhile. For example, if you are getting a referral from a friend who had a relatively amicable divorce, and you expect yours to be very contentious or involve different issues, that friend’s referral may not be very useful.
- Call a referral service. Most state and local bar associations offer a referral service. For instance, you might call the Illinois State Bar Association’s “Find a Lawyer Service” at 800-922-8757 to find a Chicago or Illinois divorce lawyer. These referral services will provide you with the name of an attorney who claims to practice in your area of need, be that generally divorce, child custody, or other family law matters. However, the names the referral services provide are not really “‘recommended” as most bar association referral services simply go through a list and don’t provide any real insight into their referral.
- Read attorney blogs and media coverage of divorce lawyers. Particularly if you have specialized needs, you might do some research into a divorce lawyer that has more specialized knowledge. For instance, if you are a high net worth individual, or a business owner, you might want to make sure that your divorce lawyer has dealt with such issues before.
- Meet with a divorce lawyer. Many divorce lawyers in Chicago will conduct an initial consultation for free. By doing this, you can compare the various approaches and styles out there. Remember, you will need to work with your divorce lawyer in very trying times. When you meet with a divorce lawyer, you should be prepared with questions concerning your primary areas of concern.