Who’s the Best Divorce Attorney in Wake County?

You’ve probably stumbled upon this post because you googled something along the lines of “best divorce lawyer in Raleigh” or “top child support attorney in Wake County.” Divorce is expensive and you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth when you choose an attorney to represent you.   In the end, what you want to find is the best divorce lawyer for you and your case.
Here are some factors to consider when you’re choosing the best divorce attorney for your case.

What to Look For:

  • Experienced. How many years of experience do they have? How long has the attorney been practicing and specifically how long have they been practicing in the areas of divorce, child support, custody, alimony and equitable distribution?
  • Devoted to Family Law. What percentage of their practice is devoted to family law? Divorce law, and particularly, equitable distribution can be complicated, and if you have a complex case you’ll want to choose an attorney who focuses solely on family law.
  • A Skilled Litigator. How often are they in court? You don’t want an attorney who’s afraid to go to court. You don’t want an attorney who’ll settle your case for less than you deserve because they don’t want to try it out.
  • Likability. Do you like them? Do other attorneys like them? You’ll be spending a lot of time with your divorce attorney so you want to make sure you like him or her. You also want an attorney who is liked and respected by his or her colleagues. Not every case is complicated and needs to go to trial. You want an attorney who works well with opposing counsel and can negotiate a good settlement for you instead of one who is so disagreeable that he or she will cost you thousands of extra dollars by needlessly ending up in court.
  • Availability. Does the attorney give you his mobile number? Can you reach him or her on nights or weekends or holidays when you’re having a custody dispute or involved in a domestic violence incident?  You want an attorney who’s there for you in your time of need and who’s responsive to your calls and texts.

What About Online Reviews?

When researching lawyers, should you trust online Yelp or Google Reviews? Reviews can be tricky because often only unhappy people take the time to write them. For divorce attorneys, disgruntled opposing parties frequently leave negative reviews. If the ex-spouse of a client is so angry with the result of a case that he resorts to bashing his ex’s attorney on the internet, perhaps such reviews should be considered a sign of a good attorney. Rather than relying on overall star ratings which could be impacted by these types of reviews, read what the attorney’s actual clients have written. Are they happy with their result? Do they describe the attorney as caring and responsive? Ultimately you want an experienced attorney who cares about getting the best result for you.
Scott Allen’s law practice has been devoted to Family Law for the past 28 years. He helps clients with divorce, equitable distribution, child support, custody, and related issues in Wake, Johnston, and other counties in North Carolina. Contact him at 919-863-4183 or sallen@allenspence.com to discuss your case.