According to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly half of all marriages in the United States will end in divorce. While this alarming statistic is not enjoyable to contemplate, especially for those who find themselves in the midst of marital turmoil, the reality of the current divorce rate makes sifting through the lengthy list of divorce attorneys an intimidating process during an emotionally trying time. When selecting a divorce attorney, be sure to consider who will be the most trustworthy, qualified candidate to represent the case.
While divorce has been occurring for thousands of years, the dissolution of marriage was a scandalous matter addressed by both government and religious institutions and granted only under extreme circumstances (think Henry VIII). According to a 2014 article in the Washington Post, it wasn’t until the 1970s, during the height of social change in American culture, that divorce became a common practice, mainly due to the adoption of no-fault divorce laws by most states. Today, the divorce rate is holding steady, while still on the rise among those in the “Baby Boomer” generation. That means that statistically, nearly half the current adult population will find themselves in need of a good attorney to handle their divorce.
When seeking legal counsel to represent your interests during a divorce, do consider the obvious qualifications, like credentials, reputation, recommendations, location, and cost. However, do not underestimate the importance of trust and comfort when it comes to choosing a divorce attorney. According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, feeling comfortable with your selected attorney will be crucial during what is often a lengthy, emotionally taxing process. While bound by attorney-client privilege, you will still have to share the details of your marital relationship with your lawyer, who will then give you legal advice and devise a strategy based on those details. Sharing such intimate information with another person is a necessary, yet unpleasant reality that exists during divorce proceedings, whether the parting is amicable or more complicated. Therefore, the more comfortable you are with the attorney you choose to represent your interests, the less stressful the situation will be.
With the current divorce rate holding steady in the U.S., finding yourself in the midst of marital turmoil, while not statistically shocking, is nonetheless, personally and sometimes, financially, devastating. Be sure to choose a qualified divorce attorney with whom you feel comfortable.
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