In this section:
- Can you recommend an Attorney?
- How do I protect myself if I think I will be divorcing?
Can you recommend an Attorney?
As an organization, we cannot suggest or endorse any particular attorney. If you are in an area where we have a face-to-face support group, you can ask other group members what their personal experiences have been, and if they can recommend an attorney based upon their own experience.
If you live in the United States, the American Bar Association maintains a website where you can search for an Attorney at the following link ABA Lawyer Locator.
How do I protect myself if I think I will be divorcing?
First and foremost, educate yourself on the divorce laws in your area. Local divorce laws differ widely. Many attorneys will provide a no-charge initial evaluation session.
While this is an incredibly emotional time and subject, try to maintain your calm and composure at all times. While some locales still allow for "at fault" divorces for adultery, cruelty etc. in most locales a "no-fault" divorce is the norm. In the case of a "no-fault" divorce, the judge (and/or jury) will not care about who is at fault. They will simply look at the marriage as a business that is being dissolved.
If you haven't been involved with family finances, be sure to educate yourself on the status of your financial situation, and begin to make plans to separate them.