Going through the divorce process can be stressful enough but if you’re feeling frustrated or unhappy with your divorce lawyer, you might also feel like you don’t have anyone in your corner that you can trust to look out for your best interests.
Fortunately, you do have options and you can change lawyers during the divorce process.
Let’s explore why and when you may want to change divorce lawyers and how to evaluate your options to ensure you find the right lawyer for your case.
When to Change Lawyers During Divorce
There can be several reasons why you may want to consider switching divorce lawyers:
- Personality Clashes: It’s essential to have a good relationship and trust with your lawyer. If you find that you have a personality clash or you’re not comfortable discussing sensitive matters with your current lawyer, it may be time to seek a change.
- Fees: Transparency and fairness in legal fees are crucial. If you feel that your current lawyer’s billing practices are unclear or you’re facing unexpected fees, it may be worth exploring other options.
- Lack of Trust: Divorce proceedings can be time-sensitive, and making progress towards a resolution is essential. If you do not believe that your current lawyer is making sufficient progress or proactively moving your case forward, finding someone who can better meet your needs might be necessary.
Evaluating Whether to Change Lawyers
Before deciding to change lawyers, it’s important to evaluate the situation carefully. Here are some questions to ask and steps you can take:
- What’s Going Wrong? Reflect on your experiences and interactions with your current lawyer. Are there persistent issues or concerns that are unlikely to be resolved in this engagement? Will any of those issues or concerns carry over to a new lawyer?
- Assess the Current Situation: Consider the advantages and disadvantages of changing lawyers. Assess how the potential benefits outweigh any potential challenges or costs. If you are already deep into the process, will changing lawyers set you back or will this change give you the ability to move forward in areas where you’ve been stuck so far?
- Seek Advice: Consult with trusted friends, family members, or professionals who can provide objective insights and guidance. Their input can help you make an informed decision.
Changing lawyers can have some drawbacks, such as additional fees, delays, or complications in your case. Therefore, weighing your options carefully and communicating your concerns with your current lawyer before making the switch is important. Often, a simple conversation can resolve the issues and improve the relationship.
Finding the Right Lawyer and Communicating the Switch
Finding the right divorce lawyer is crucial for a successful resolution of your divorce. To find the right Calgary divorce lawyer for your situation, consider the following steps:
- Research: Take the time to research and review different law firms and lawyers specializing in family law. Look for experience, expertise, and positive client reviews. If your divorce has special considerations, make sure you’re working with a lawyer who has experience with those considerations.
- Consultations: Schedule consultations with other potential lawyers to discuss your case and assess if they are a good fit for you. Some family lawyers offer free consultations and others do not. Ask them questions and see if you can quickly build trust and understanding with each other.
- Communicating the Switch: Once you have decided to change lawyers, it’s important to inform your current lawyer about your decision respectfully and professionally. You can request that your case file be transferred to your new lawyer.
Changing lawyers during your divorce is possible and sometimes necessary. If you are unhappy with your current lawyer, you should evaluate your situation and consider your options. A good divorce lawyer will be looking out for your best interest and can greatly improve the outcome of your divorce for you.
At Richmond Tymchuk Family Law, we prioritize understanding your unique needs and provide personalized legal support for your situation. We have the experience, the expertise, and the passion to guide you through this challenging time and achieve the results you want. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Richmond Tymchuk Family Law brought clarity and resolution to a high-conflict divorce for me. Diana Richmond, and her team, have resolved my financial separation with excellent attention to detail and she is still working (engaged and tenacious) in completing the file for my, and my little one's, best interests. My only regret is that she wasn't the first lawyer I found to help me through this divorce!