Navigating through a divorce is rarely easy, but you may find the process goes much more smoothly if you take time and care when selecting a family law attorney. Choosing the right attorney from the outset can help you save money, streamline the process and even salvage or improve the relationship between you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse. Therefore, it is important you take the task seriously and avoid making any hasty decisions.

To improve the chance you find the right attorney for your needs, consider taking the following steps:

Ask yourself what you really want

If you are looking for a relatively amicable split, or if you are a parent and you and your child’s other parent share the same sentiments about prioritizing the well-being of your children above all else, you may find that mediation is the right approach for you. You may also consider hiring someone who can assist you with a collaborative divorce, which seeks to maintain the co-parenting relationship between the two of you. Both options may prove more affordable and less emotionally taxing than traditional divorce litigation.

Shop around

Just as you would probably check out more than one property before buying a home, the same should be true in choosing a divorce attorney. In addition to finding someone who is highly capable, you want to select someone who has experience with the particular kind of divorce you seek. In other words, if you want to maintain a successful co-parenting relationship with your old partner, you may want to consider a legal professional with ample experience in collaborative divorce.

Ultimately, choosing a family law attorney is about finding someone who can accomplish your end goals, but it also about finding someone who shares your philosophy and general approach to divorce. Doing so improves the chances that you will feel satisfied with the final outcome, and it may also help you sleep better at night.