With the developments in family law over the past 30 years, including the introduction of equal sharing instead of the old common law rules, the implementation of laws shielding service partners, and the introduction of help requirements and numerous local regulations in the different circuits, the area of separation and divorce has become much too complex and specialized for anyone who does it. If you’re looking for more tips, SKV Attorneys Inc. has it for you. It distresses us when clients arrive with badly crafted separation agreements, and/or decrees treated by other novice attorneys. Just as winning at court is better than getting a major issue on appeal, it is much easier to get the right counsel, one who can get it right the first time, than to have to pay someone to resolve issues resulting from mistakes made in the first place. Often the errors are very expensive and cannot be corrected as seen in the series of articles I wrote for The Family Law News, a peer review publication published by the Virginia State Bar, Family Law Division, entitled “Costly Errors in Multi-State Military Divorce; Or a Military Wife’s Tale of Woe,” published in the publication’s Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 issues.
The series of articles discusses the legal guidelines, the policy and the procedural points that we used to effectively protect a former soldier, who was a Vietnam War veteran. His ex-wife sought to get half his retired military salary and spousal benefits here in Virginia, despite having divorced him in Hawaii six years ago. While we are always happy to achieve a good result for our clients, we felt bad for the ex-wife, who had received poor legal advice from hr counsel in the original Hawaiian divorce case, advice leading to poor decisions that the Virginia Court considered to bind her permanently. When ruling for us in the case, the judge told the ex-wife that she would go after the lawyer in Hawaii who represented her in the divorce, rather than suing her ex-husband.
So, how do you consider a successful divorce attorney? Here are a few suggestions:
Recommendation # 1- Tell a prosecutor
If you know an attorney, ask him / her to refer you to a successful divorce lawyer. He or she is likely to meet someone or someone who devotes a large portion of the law profession to separation and divorce, and related issues.