If you’ve decided to end your marriage – or your spouse made this decision for you – you’re going to need the support of a Tampa family law lawyer.
The process of choosing a divorce lawyer can be intimidating and confusing. It’s also probably not something you’re eager to do. But you should be eager to protect yourself and do what’s right for your family.
What questions should you ask a Tampa family law lawyer?
1. How Much Will It Cost to Hire You?
How much an attorney charges shouldn’t be the only reason you hire someone. However, it needs to play a role in your decision – unless you have access to an endless supply of money.
The good news is the most expensive Tampa family law lawyer isn’t always the best option for you. There are plenty of great divorce lawyers that charge reasonable fees.
2. What Do I Need to Do to Protect My Parental Rights?
Your children are your most valuable asset, divorce or not. You need to do everything you can to preserve your relationship with them.
Divorce is difficult on kids, but it’s made easier when they’re able to maintain a healthy relationship with both parents. Make sure you speak to your lawyer about what you need to do to make sure nothing comes between your relationship with your children.
3. What are My Financial Obligations?
Depending on your situation, you might be obligated to pay child support and/or spousal support after your divorce. As unpleasant as this might be for you, it’s a court order and you must abide by it.
Child support payments are calculated by the court system. This means you won’t have any room to negotiate the amount. But there might be some room for negotiation when it comes to spousal support and other financial issues.