When you have to deal with divorce, people often feel like the most important thing to deal with is the divorce itself. However, choosing the right divorce attorney is also important, especially since you want to make sure everything plays out fairly in court. Of course, you probably don’t have the time or the patience to run around everywhere in your state looking for a good attorney, so it’s a good idea to get a good firm grip on what you’re looking for before you choose someone.

When you meet an attorney, the best way to tell if they’ll be good for you is to feel for the “vibe”. Does the attorney mesh with you well? Do they listen to everything you have to say carefully, and take a moment to make sure they understand? Make sure what they have to say makes sense to you, and ask plenty of questions to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

In addition, make sure you feel comfortable with any lawyer you choose. If you feel threatened by them, or you feel like they may take the opposite side, choose another lawyer. This may not be because they are unreasonable or bad lawyers. It may just be because you don’t mesh with him or her. It’s important you feel like you can be honest with the lawyer you choose because they may require information that you would not be comfortable giving out to many others people.

While money isn’t the most important factor in the world, it’s still extremely important that you consider their fees reasonable. Generally speaking, you will run into attorneys in California that charge by the hour instead of one flat fee. Often lawyers ask for a retainer instead of a flat fee. A retainer goes into a trust with your name on it, and when a lawyer needs to charge something for your case, they charge your trust. When it’s spent, the attorney will ask you to replenish your account. Make sure you know what they charge your retainer for and how often.

Remember, in the end, it really matters what you feel about a lawyer. Go with your instincts, and make sure the attorney really has your best interests in mind. Do you think they will passionately represent you? If so, you’re on the right track.