One of the most important aspects of your
divorce representation is not only to select an experienced lawyer but to choose
competent and well respected expert witnesses. These may include a forensic
accountant, an economist, or a business broker who will testify to the
financial aspects of your case and the value of your business or professional
practice, and any licenses obtained during the marriage. It is a battle
of the experts to be viewed by the court as the most credible and experienced witness.
Additionally, when child custody and visitation is involved, it is necessary
to retain a psychiatrist recognized in his field and who has previously
custody determinations before the judge hearing the case, if this be possible.
In this respect, the attorney who is managing your litigation should be
associated with such top quality experts. Before the lawyer retains such
person, you as the client should meet and consult with both your attorney
and the expert witness to explore his opinion, determine the number of
cases he has been involved and the frequency his or her opinion has been
adopted by the court as the most credible evidence.
Although presenting evidence of your capabilities as a parent, your involvement
with the child's health, education and welfare which is necessary
to conclude that you are the psychological parent who is closest with
the child. Such testimony must be bolstered by an expert psychiatrist
that can make a finding, based upon his investigation that you are indeed
the better choice to make.
The lawyer you select should agree to return you telephone calls in a timely
fashion. There is nothing more irritating to a client than to have to
wait for hours, and sometimes for days, a return call. The divorce process
can be extremely stressful, and not being able to communicate readily
with your lawyer, will cause needless stress and anxiety.
You should be part of the team and be fully informed when court dates are
scheduled and there is sufficient time to meet with your lawyer to go
over the strategy to be employed and any testimony you will give. Meeting
your lawyer in court ten minutes before the scheduled time to appear is
unacceptable and a strong indication that you are not receiving proper
care and attention by counsel. If this happens, it may be time for you
to consider replacing your attorney.
Your attorney should make you feels as a member of the legal team that
is informed of all communications taking place and you are informed of
its contents and receive copy of important email or letters to approve
of same. This will insure that the facts are accurate and you become part
of the decision making.
If these suggestions are followed, the lawyer client relationship will
be built upon trust and confidence that your matter is receiving careful
attention throughout the divorce proceeding.