When people get married, most of them dream of living together happily ever after, until death do them part. However, in some cases marriage ends sooner than they expected for a number of reasons, with each case being unique. When this unfortunate state of affairs comes to pass, you want to avoid the headache of going through the legal proceedings of divorce. Getting a competent divorce lawyer is critical in determining how smooth the going will be. The first thing you must consider is the amount of experience the lawyer has, especially in dealing with such family issues. Most experienced lawyers will almost always know the kind of outcome to expect and will therefore know how to use this type of knowledge to your advantage. You should therefore be sure that such a lawyer’s primary practice is in the field of divorce. You may want to ascertain their qualification by finding some of their former clients and talk to them and where it is not possible, ask the lawyer to give you some written testimonials. There is nothing that is worse for a client than their inability to communicate with a divorce lawyer. It is therefore important to make sure that your lawyer is accessible and that they respond promptly to any of your emails, phone calls and even requests to have meetings. Take it upon yourself to ask about their office policy bur the best answers will always come from people they have served before. Don’t forget to ask about the fees they charge. While it is normal practice for some lawyers to charge nothing for brief consultations, there are those who charge a standard fee while others charge an hourly rate. Get clear information on their hourly rates as well as what their upfront retainer is and whether you can get a reimbursement should it happen that some of the retainer is not used. You will most likely get invoices from your layer and, as such, it is only fair that you know how often to expect such. Last but not least, the final question you need to ask yourself is whether or not you will be comfortable working with this lawyer. It is extremely important that you are confident with the abilities of a divorce lawyer before you sign the dotted line. If for any reason you don’t feel confident with anything about them, the best thing to do would be to look further on. You will be handling such an important personal case and it’s only fair that you deal with a person who inspires confidence in you.