FAQ: What factors should I consider when choosing a divorce lawyer in Sacramento?

Finding the right divorce lawyer is critical to creating optimal conditions for a faster, less-expensive divorce, compared to a lengthy, drawn-out emotional and financial nightmare. But what is “right” for you and your situation? Our FPS legal team offers a few words of wisdom for those who are in the process of choosing a family law attorney:



image of Michelle L. Stowell on attorney team page“Going through a divorce is a difficult and emotional process. In addition to picking an attorney who is knowledgeable about family law, it is equally important that you choose an attorney with whom you are comfortable discussing personal issues as well as mesh with on an emotional level. Without this compatibility, the difficulties of a divorce will be compounded as you won’t feel heard or understood by the person who is there to help.”



Neil M.E. Forester Family Law Attorney“The most important aspect is ‘fit.’ You are going to be sharing a considerable amount of very personal detail during the course of your professional relationship, so it is essential that you can communicate well with your divorce lawyer, and that you are comfortable that your needs and concerns are understood and addressed. Given what’s at stake in a family law matter, a poor working relationship with your lawyer will only add stress to an already stressful process.”



Keeley L. Nickelson, Family Law Attorney“You do not want an attorney who is only going to tell you what you want to hear. Sometimes, you’ll need the truth, no matter how much you might not like it, no matter how much it hurts. Family law matters can be painful; you don’t want to be blindsided by an outcome in court because your attorney didn’t tell you the truth. You should look for an attorney that will be honest and real in terms of likely outcomes and expectations.”



“You want to find an attorney who you can respect. There are many situations where your attorney will advise you to do something — or not to do something — and you may not want to listen. If you respect your attorney’s experience, communication, and understanding of what is important to your case, you are more likely to actually follow your attorney’s advice. If you don’t respect your attorney or follow their legal advice, then you are really just wasting your time and money.”



“You want to find an attorney who is familiar with the county and courthouse where your case will be heard. Knowing the particular judge and the custody mediator is a very important component of strategy and handling of a family law matter. Your attorney should know the local rules and procedures so that there are no surprises. The divorce process can be stressful enough without avoidable mistakes that may happen by choosing an attorney who does not have the ‘home court’ advantage.”



image of Kristen L. Sellers of team attorney page“Each attorney has his or her own style and legal strategy, so it is always a good idea to consult with more than one attorney before making a decision. Ask specific questions about your case and how the attorney would proceed with it. You not only want to choose an attorney you like on a personal level, but also an attorney whose style and legal strategy makes you feel comfortable and confident in the handling of your case.”






ABOUT THE FIRM: FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL PC is a Northern California law firm focused exclusively on specialized counsel for complex divorce and family law issues. Its shareholders are Certified Family Law Specialists, recognized by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. The firm regularly represents business owners, professionals, and other high net worth individuals (or their spouses) in divorce, custody disputes, premarital agreements, and related actions. Attorneys can be reached at info@foresterpurcell.com or 916 293 4000. This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal advice.
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