Legal Toolkit Florida Family Law and Divorce

What to Ask About Family Law and Divorce

Background & Experience

  • Are you a member of The Florida Bar?
  • How long have you been handling divorce cases?
  • Have you previously handled divorce cases similar to mine?
  • Is Marital and Family Law your only area of practice?

Assessment of Your Divorce

  • What is your opinion of my case?
  • Can I reasonably expect to receive alimony, and if so, how is the amount and duration determined?
  • What factors are considered in establishing a parenting plan and timesharing schedule?
  • Would you anticipate any potential problems that could cause delays or affect the outcome of my case?
  • How long does a divorce like mine typically take to complete?

Case Management

  • Will you personally be managing my case, or will another attorney have that responsibility?
  • Will other attorneys or experts be working on my divorce? What will they be doing?
  • Will you personally handle mediation and court appearances?
  • What is the best way to reach you? How quickly can I expect you to respond?

Legal Fees

  • How much do you charge? Hourly rate?
  • How frequently do you send out bills?
  • When is payment due?
  • Do you require a retainer payment?
  • What are the chances that I will need to replenish the retainer during my case?
  • Do you allow payment plans or installment payments?
  • What other fees and expenses will I have to pay?
  • What do you estimate would be the total cost of my divorce?
  • What is the chance that my spouse will be required to pay for my legal fees?