5 Important Questions to Ask Your Divorce Attorney

The divorce process is undeniably one of the most stressful things a person can go through in their life. It impacts all areas of a person’s life, and legal battles can often illuminate some painful realisations and hard truths. When children and shared assets are involved, the process becomes even more complex and can get heated fast if not mediated effectively. It is therefore essential to choose a divorce attorney who can handle the process with dedication and care.

When it comes to finding the right divorce attorney for your unique needs, it is imperative that you opt for someone with sound legal knowledge and experience. Here, at Riëtte Oosthuizen Attorneys, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive understanding of Family Law and strive to offer our clients individualised legal solutions that will get them what they deserve and enable them to start their new lives with clarity, freedom, and peace of mind. 

Choosing the right divorce attorney for you is a big step though, which is why it is essential to have these five questions in mind when selecting the right candidate for the job:

  • What is Your Approach? 

While the basics of any divorce might be the same in terms of paperwork and the legal process, each lawyer will have their own strategic approach. As such, this open-ended question allows you to get a feel for how the particular divorce attorney will handle the process. Do they go to court for each and every issue, or do they negotiate in different ways? If you know you will be facing tough challenges, be it custody battles over children or heated debates over assets like property or cars, it is worth asking the attorney about their previous experiences and how they handled and resolved those matters. Their answers will align with your values and ultimate goals, or they won’t, and this will help you discern whether or not they are the right person for the job. When it comes to strategy, you should also ask the potential attorney how long they think it will take to resolve your case. This will give you a clearer idea of the time frame. 

  • How Will I Be Billed? 

You want to get the financial stuff out the way before you choose your divorce attorney. As such, it is essential to ask them how the billing process works. Unfortunately, divorce can be a costly process. Many clients might be dealing with their own financial challenges as they manage the division of assets and various expenses that arise when a two-person household becomes a one-person household. Will you be able to pay the fees in instalments, and can they help you with a payment plan? Alternatively, you might be able to pay for lawyer fees out of the marital estate or even utilise the services of an in-house paralegal for certain parts of your divorce. Having a clear idea of how the billing works and the payment process will inform your decision making. The answers to these financial questions will help you to decide if this particular attorney works for your financial needs. 

  • How Often Will We Communicate and How Often? 

Another important question to ask before choosing your divorce attorney is how communication will work. You want to have a clear idea of what is expected and if the mediums of communication suit your lifestyle and needs. If you prefer emails to phone calls, you need to make this clear and find out if there is a workable communication system that you can agree on. Since this is your divorce, and you are paying for the service, it is imperative to find a communication style and frequency that works for you and helps you to feel empowered and in the know.

  • How Will I Keep Up to Date with the Progress of My Case? 

This is another important question to ask any divorce attorney when you first meet them. Thanks to innovations in technology, many attorneys are utilising case management applications so that they can quickly and efficiently communicate the progress of a case to their clients. Knowing how to access important documents and updates is essential if you want to feel empowered throughout your divorce and you want to be sure that you will be informed about everything that happens. 

  • What Are the Potential Challenges of My Divorce Case? 

This is another brilliant question to ask any potential divorce attorney. It will illuminate their understanding of your particular case and allow you to see if they have been truly listening to your unique plight. Their answers will also offer insight into their prior experience and offer valuable insights about what might go wrong and how to mitigate it best. 

After Questions Have Been Answered

These questions can tell you a lot about the process and guide you in terms of planning your finances and time. Once these questions are answered, and you feel comfortable with your decision, it is also good to bring a few essential documents and questions to your initial consultation. These might include:

  • Your primary goal: It is always a fantastic idea to bring your visions and goals to the table when you first meet with your divorce attorney. This will give them a clear picture of what is important to you.
  • A picture of your finances: This might include assets, bank slips, investments, accounts, and more. 
  • Your prenuptial agreement (if you have one): This can show your attorney what was agreed on prior to marriage and might help your case if you want to keep certain assets that were yours before you got married.


Consult the Team at Riëtte Oosthuizen Attorneys

If you need support with regards to Family Law or Personal Injury Law, then chat with us today. We have over two decades of experience in the legal sphere and are committed to offering our clients excellent legal representation that is based on experience, integrity, outstanding service, and care. If you need legal support in these areas, contact us today, and we will happily help you to tackle the challenges of divorce so that you can once again live life on your own terms.