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5 Things You Should Look for in a Family Law Attorney
Many law offices claim they do family law, but that doesn’t mean they have experience handling complicated cases. At the Simmrin Law Group, we believe there are 5 things you should look for in any family law attorney before letting them represent you:
- They listen. The worst thing an attorney can do is act busy, disinterested, or simply aloof when talking to a client. Your family law attorney should treat you with respect, make time for you, and listen to you. You are the person who knows your situation best, and you deserve an attorney who will treat you as an equal.
- They’ve taken cases like yours before. Many lawyers dabble in family law as a way to get extra cases. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it means their experience may be limited. Before hiring a lawyer, ask them to talk about past cases that are similar to yours, and how they handled them.
- They help you understand tough issues. Your lawyer’s job is not only to represent you. It’s also to counsel you and help you understand legal issues—no matter how complex they are. Family law cases can be among the most muddied and complicated of all legal situations, and you deserve an advocate who will help you understand your options and best outcome.
- They’re honest with you. Some attorneys will promise the world—but can they deliver? Beware of any lawyer who assures you they will win your case or get you the result you want. No lawyer can promise a win. A good lawyer, however, can explain the strategy they will use—and why it’s the strongest one in your particular case.
- They can point to results. The results you get are all that will matter to you one year, five years or 10 years in the future. A good family law attorney has a long history of getting wins—for clients just like you.
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Do I need a prenup?
Prenups are completely optional, but some couples will benefit in a big way. Prenuptial agreements are not only used by the wealthy—they help protect couples in a variety of situations.
The most common situations where a prenuptial agreement will benefit you and your partner are:
- One or both of you owns property prior to the marriage
- Either or both of you have a business or other asset (even a small or medium business)
- You have assets from a previous marriage and want to make sure they are preserved for your children
- You or your partner have a high net worth or earn a high income
Prenups are never about favoring one party over the other. The law requires that they are fair to both parties. But without a prenup, the court is likely to divide all assets 50/50 in the event of a divorce—even those that you had before the marriage.
What is the best way to handle high net-worth/high profile divorces?
Divorces are always difficult, but a high net worth makes them especially complex. Successful couples often have multiple investments, properties, even businesses—both separately and together. The courts are not adept at handling these situations. And high profiles couples need to know that everything will be handled with discretion.
In these situations, you cannot count on just any family law attorney. You need someone who is experienced with complex issues such as:
- Closely held businesses
- Partnerships and shared businesses
- Real estate holdings and investments
- Separate property holdings
- Stock options, investments, IRAs/401(k) plans and profit sharing plans
- Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
- Inheritance law
- Property from before the marriage
- Negotiating or enforcing the terms of a prenuptial agreement
- Postnuptial agreements
As a rule, the higher your net worth and the larger your holdings, the more complex the divorce. A seasoned attorney will help you avoid a lengthy divorce proceeding, minimize dispute and get the outcomes you need.
How can I make sure I get custody of my children?
The courts look at a number of factors to make custody rulings:
- What’s best for the child
- Which parent is open to frequent visits from the other parent
- Any history of domestic violence
- Any history of drug use
- The child’s own preferences, if the child is 12 or older (in most cases)
Many of these factors are subjective or require a judgement call from the court. That means that the way you present your case, the image you present personally, and how you respond to challenges from the other parent can all affect the outcome. The best lawyers do more than just prepare the paperwork—they coach you at every step. And they move proactively to show the courts why you should have legal or physical custody of your child.
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You have a right to determine your own future—and to do what’s best for you and your family. We can help you do that. Let the Simmrin Law Group give you a FREE consultation. Fill out the form to the right or call us at 310-997-4688 and get your free consultation