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DIVORCE FACT   The average marriage in the United States lasts 8.2 years.   Couples in Italy more than double the United States marriage longevity with their marriages lasting on average over 18 years.

Top things people consider when shopping for an attorney 

Choosing an attorney to represent you in a divorce is a very important decision.  It helps to know what people consider about an attorney before they hire someone to represent them.  Based on a survey done by ILawyerMarketing.com "New Study: How people Hire Lawyers in 2017", the average legal consumer has many considerations. They range from experience and legal fees to pictures of the attorney and his/her social media activity.  Check out the entire list from the survey below.

Before you meet with a lawyer 

For a divorce:

It's best to not meet with an attorney based on an emotional reaction.  It should be after you've had time to settle down after bad news, an argument or disagreement.  It's important to realize that while you take the road to divorce as a response to your marriage's end, the road itself is usually going to make your life harder before it get's better.  Divorce is a journey that should not be based on a reaction, rather on an on-going problem, significant change or event that has already destroyed the marriage that now needs to be legally dissolved. 

Interviewing a potential attorney 

It's time to consult an attorney to get a broader legal view of your pending divorce.  You will look for an attorney to have the background, rate and "court side manner" that provides you the best representation.   Your goal is to dissolve your marriage with the least amount of time, problems and legal fees.  There is no way to sugar coat a divorce intertwined with emotional drama and pain.  So, from this point on, know that your attorney is your attorney and not your therapist.  It's time to toughen up and speak law, or at least understand it so that you can get the best settlement possible.

What to expect once you hire your divorce attorney?

By now you have spoken with one or more attorneys regarding divorce.  It's time to hire the attorney that you have determined is best to handle your case.  Upon hiring your attorney you will likely do the following:

Making a personal connection with your attorney is very helpful in order to reduce potential problems and personality conflicts throughout your divorce case.   It's better for  for overall effective communication.  It makes it easier to discuss your expectations for a potential outcome.  An attorney with strong personal skills provides more efficient explanation and a clearer legal picture of your case based on state laws and individual circumstances.