A family lawyer is a legal professional that deals with domestic issues between members of the same family or those in a civil union. The majority of issues tend to revolve around divorce, legal separation, child custody and support as well as pre and post nuptial agreements. As you will be expected to share a number of intimacies with your New York family lawyer it is important that you find one that you can trust and that you can talk and relate to in a comfortable manner. Lawyers and their immediate support team often can avoid any unnecessary delay in the settlement of your case and expedite closure. Although trust, comfort and confidence will have significant impact on your choice of lawyer you must also understand the fees you can expect to pay and if it becomes necessary you may have to discuss payment options prior to making your final choice.
The ideal candidate is one who practices in the jurisdiction in which you reside which is usually where the case will be filed. When you chose a New York family lawyer and the case is filed in the same jurisdiction you can often benefit as the lawyer is familiar with the court and will, in many cases will have had firsthand experience with the judge that will handle the case.
Once a lawyer has graduated law school and passed the state bar there is a tendency to migrate towards a particular area of law. As a result the majority of lawyers deal with their specialties; it stands to reason that you will choose a lawyer who deals with the issue to hand, which in this case is family law. Although any licensed lawyer can represent your interests, having a lawyer that normally deals with criminal law will probably not result in your getting the detailed representation that you need and deserve. Family law is a unique area; there are a lot of raw emotions which are normally not manifested in other areas of law.
Do not hesitate to discuss the applicable fees when you are interviewing potential candidates. Usually the New York family lawyer will ask for a partial retainer prior to doing any work on your behalf. Make sure the lawyer tells you all the costs that you can expect to incur which include court filing fees as well as hourly charges.
You will invariably find yourself working with both the lawyer as well as his or her staff. Paralegals are normally involved in certain aspects of a case taking on some of the responsibilities of a lawyer and providing the lawyer with specific support tools. This being the case you will also want to feel comfortable with the paralegals and other staff that you can expect to work with.