PROACTIVE STEP 10: FIND THE ATTORNEY FOR YOU

Choosing the right attorney is paramount in minimizing the emotional challenges of your divorce. It is best to meet with more than one attorney before retaining. Educate yourself about the law and the style your attorney practices. Is your attorney an aggressive litigator or negotiator? Does your attorney primarily handle family law cases? Developing a positive rapport with your attorney is important. Find out if they are in favor of mediation and/or collaborative lawyering. Explore with them your options and what is most favorable in your situation.

The author, Wendy Newman Glantz, is a Plantation, Fla., family lawyer.