What Traits Should You Look for in a Divorce Lawyer? - Bineham & Gillen

divorceWhat Traits Should You Look for in a Divorce Lawyer?

April 6, 2020by James Gillen

With all the stress and heartache that comes from a divorce, finding a good attorney you can trust adds to the list of things to worry about. Here are characteristics to look out for when hiring a divorce lawyer.


Trusting in a lawyer who has experience in the world of divorce cases is key. Your attorney should have dealt with multiple cases regarding all the issues that come with a divorce, such as child custody and distribution of property. A good lawyer can anticipate the behavior of the opposing party, helping you in the process of determining a strategy for your case.

Also, be sure to check what states your lawyer is considered a licensed lawyer – and review their resume. Learning their background and qualifications is an important step in determining their level of experience and skill sets.


An attorney who tells you the cold, hard truth is better than one who sugar coats the situation at hand. Knowing full well the situation is crucial in order to move forward swiftly and eliminate confusion. They must also have the ability to communicate efficiently with the judge and express their client’s concerns and needs clearly in a court of law, as well as effectively converse with the opposing party. It is important that everyone is on the same page and that your lawyer clearly understands your situation and needs.


Being treated fairly depending on your budget is a sign of a respectful and trustworthy lawyer. Being charged unnecessary fees and keeping prices high are signs of unprofessionalism and an inconsiderate lawyer. Depending on the complexity of your case, speak with your divorce attorney to find a cost that’s right for you and fits your current situation.


In high-intensity conflicts, such as a divorce case, your lawyer should be able to handle the stress and tension with ease and poise. It’s easy to get flustered, but it should be expected that your lawyer remains calm and collected. The goal is to find an attorney who strongly asserts your opinions without getting personally offended or hurt when things do not go their way. Their composure is a testament to their character, professionalism and skill set, representing you and your needs in a calm and firm manner.

If you are going through a divorce and need an experienced, professional attorney, call Bineham & Gillen today.