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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I hire a good divorce attorney?

It’s important to spend an adequate amount of time researching and vetting several divorce attorneys before you hire one. Start by searching for top-rated lawyers near you, and read through their clients’ reviews. Get an idea of their reputation, how successful they are and how they set their pricing. 

Make sure each attorney you’re considering is admitted to the bar in the state where your divorce could be adjudicated (ask your prospective lawyer first if you aren’t sure which state is right). And when you feel like you have a good list of potential divorce lawyers who can handle your case, contact them to get price estimates, their hourly rates and any other pricing terms.

What do lawyers do in a divorce?

A divorce lawyer handles negotiations regarding how assets are divided between spouses, as well as who assumes debts. The divorce lawyer can also help establish an agreement for child support and child custody between the spouses. All of this requires research and evidence gathering, as well as compiling and filing paperwork with the court that summarizes the evidence. 

Do divorce lawyers work on contingency?

It’s unusual for divorce lawyers to work on contingency, where they receive an agreed-upon proportion of the awarded amount if and only if they win the case. It's much more common for lawyers to work on a retainer or on a fixed hourly fee. Always discuss the fees and payment options with lawyers you’re considering hiring.

When should I hire a divorce attorney?

You should hire a divorce attorney in situations where settlements are hard to reach between you and your spouse, or if you want to better understand your rights. This includes a wide range of complicated issues, with common examples being:

  • Child custody and child support
  • Debts owed
  • Future assets like inheritance
  • Current assets like houses, cars and valuables

You should hire an attorney if you and your spouse are having difficulty agreeing to terms on how to handle these issues.

Who pays for a divorce?

Often, each spouse pays their own respective lawyer’s attorney fees and costs during a divorce. However, certain circumstances may lead to one party paying for the other’s legal fees.

How do lawyers get paid if they lose a case?

Lawyers typically charge for their time (typically a hourly rate) regardless of whether they win a case. Sometimes, the losing party is ordered to pay the other party’s lawyer fees on top of their own. Some lawyers also work on contingency, meaning they will take a percentage of the awarded amount only if they successfully win the case. 

Before hiring a lawyer, make sure you understand their fee structure.

Reviews for Whittier divorce attorneys
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Nicole is extraordinary Divorce & Family Law lawyer. She genuinely cared for the well-being of myself and my two young boys. I went into my divorce feeling lost and scared. Immediately, Nicole eased my anxieties and fears. She not only became my voice but she understood my overall goals and embraced my morals and values. She was always available when I needed her, whether in person, phone or email which made the process even smoother for me. She approached every obstacle with such ease that my anxieties always seemed to dissipate every time another speed bump approached. When I felt I was being bullied by the opposing party, Nicole was my calm, reasonable and professional voice that I could not be. She always had my children as the #1 priority and was ultimately, able to bring my case to a happy ending. I know it may be awkward to say "happy ending" but when both parties come to an agreement that benefit the children, I would say it was a very, happy ending. Nicole was not only able to help me close my case with my children ultimately benefitting, but she also helped me to receive half of the proceeds from our house. I did not expect to receive any money once our house was sold because my name was removed from the deed once we refinanced. However, she was able to get the opposing party to agree to put my name back on the deed and disburse 50% of the proceeds to me. Nicole is amazing and I highly recommend her to anybody searching for a lawyer that will fight for what you believe in and what you deserve.
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