An Important Question to ask your Divorce Attorney

Divorce & family Law Attorney

As an experienced divorce attorney, I often speak with clients about their legal situation, the specifics of their divorce or child custody case, and the process of working through their legal issue. However, there is something that many people who are hiring a Los Angeles divorce attorney don’t often ask:

“What’s your approach to divorce cases?”

Not all lawyers have the same philosophy when it comes to your dissolution of marriage. For some, your case is a legal proving ground, an opportunity for them to do battle with another party and to deliver as much as possible in a “victory.” For others, it’s a chance to take a case before a judge and to litigate the best possible outcome for your future.

There are clients for whom each of these approaches makes sense. However, it’s important you are clear about what you want from your case before you choose an attorney.

Los Angeles divorce cases that are conducted in a combative manner can cost you a lot of money in legal fees, and they can be particularly destructive to your relationship with your spouse or children. More fighting = more money.

Also, cases that go before a judge present much more risk than cases that are managed through negotiation and settlement. In a courtroom, the judge hears the evidence and arguments and makes a decision based on external criteria. Alternatively, at the negotiating table, both parties work together to find common ground, which ultimately can give you more of what you want.

Since it’s such an important question, I’ll give you my answer as well.

My approach is to protect the rights of my clients while avoiding unnecessary legal battles. Clients trust me to do this on their behalf because I take the time to explain their options, talk through their questions, and make a recommendation for their situation.

Typically, I prefer to settle cases. My clients and I enter these conversations well prepared with the legal and financial information to achieve our goals. In cases where the other party is inflexible on our most important issues, I prepare for litigation, and I represent the client vigorously in court to achieve a the best possible resolution.

About the author

Charles M. Green is Certified as a Family Law Specialist through the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. He has worked extensively in both the financial fields and as a litigation attorney specializing in Family Law Cases. He is also diversely experienced in a number of other practice areas of importance to individuals and families.

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Charles M. Green is Certified as a Family Law Specialist through the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California.

A Certified Family Law Specialist must pass an extensive written examination in the variety of subjects that are family law, be approved by a peer review process and show proficiency in Family Law by having represented clients in a sufficient number of Family Law cases with varying degrees of complexity. Continuing education is required to maintain this specialty designation.

Charles Green also has prior experience as a Certified Public Accountant. This combination of legal and financial experience and education makes Charles M. Green uniquely qualified to represent clients in the most complex of financial issues that are found in...

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