November 01, 2017

Things to Consider Before Hiring a Divorce Lawyer—From a Retired Family Court Judge

David L. Stowe

Reprinted with permission from Family Advocate, Summer 2017 (40:1), at 7, 11. ©2017 by the American Bar Association. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.


Divorce is the most emotion-filled, vulnerable, and sometimes frightening time in many people’s lives. It is a complicated process, and without legal knowledge, it can be very confusing. You will be called upon to make decisions that will probably affect the rest of your life. This is also perhaps the worst possible time for you to be making these decisions, given your likely emotional state.

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