“Family law attorney near me” is a common search term for finding an attorney when you are planning to start a legal process related to family law. Examples of family law include divorce, child custody, child custody modification, spousal support, child support, paternity, domestic violence, legal separation, and annulment of marriage.
There are multiple options on how to choose a lawyer. One option is asking your family and friends to refer you to a good attorney that they may of had help from. Another option – on-line search. When you search “Family Law attorney near me” into Goggle, it would automatically show you family law attorneys in nearby cities and counties. For example, Family Law Attorney Orange County would be the same as Family Law Attorney near me if you were in Orange County.
There are many experienced family law attorneys in Orange County with a wide range of hourly rates, approach s to the case, and styles of work. Your choice of family law attorney near me depends on the following factors:
- complexity of your case;
- how much money you have available to pay attorneys;
- whether you prefer working with a big firm or solo practitioner;
- how much involvement would you like to have in the case (whether it would be acceptable for you to have limited scope representation or an attorney on record to handle everything);
- attorney’s availability, how much attention and communication with your attorney would you like to have;
Let’s look more specifically on those factors. If you have an uncontested divorce and have an agreement on how to divide properties between you and your spouse, an agreement regarding child custody/spousal support, your case is not complex, and you need efficient, cost effective service, you might look for an uncontested divorce attorney in your area who can complete the process for under $800 rather than draining money on a $5000 retainer agreement with a big law firm with a lot of formal and unnecessary paperwork as well as court appearances. You will be surprised that some attorneys would do a $3-5K retainer agreement for that. Our Orange County Family Law attorney will complete the whole process of uncontested divorce for $499 (if you don’t have minor kids), and $599 with minor kids. For example, if you have a short-term marriage, not many properties, not much debt, and no children, you can do a summary dissolution for $300. Please note those prices do not include filing fees.
However, if you have a high conflict child custody case or complex international divorce with fight for jurisdiction, you might need an attorney experienced in this specific area in order to be successful in your case. If you are limited financially you can always balance with different options on a cost-effective attorney with lower hourly rate associating with a more experienced one in order to reduce your cost. Another option is to have an attorney on limited scope working with paralegals for cost efficient process.
Family law matters are usually very emotional. When you are planning how to chose a lawyer, be sure personally meet with the attorneys you are considering to see if you comfortable communication with him/her and you don’t feel emotional pressure. Many attorneys in the same county know each other. It would be a good idea to ask other attorneys’ opinion about the attorney you are planning to hire. It might be a good idea to find out how successfully an attorney you are considering was handling other client’s cases.
You can also look up attorneys you are considering to hire for your case on the State Bar of California website to be sure they are licensed to practice in California and do not have a disciplinary sanctions for improper handling the cases.
Lastly, while you are searching for family law attorney near me, it might be helpful for you to read Goggle, Yelp and Avvo reviews of the attorney you consider to hire.
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