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Top Tips for Choosing a Nashville Family Law Attorney

Alyssa Castronovo

When facing the complexities of divorce or child custody litigation, having a competent and compassionate divorce attorney by your side can make all the difference. However, choosing the right legal counsel can be difficult. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when selecting your attorney:

  1. Practice Areas

Lawyers can have experience in multiple areas of practice; however, you want to be sure that the person you hire does indeed focus on family law. Divorce proceedings may involve various legal aspects such as property division, child custody, alimony, and more. It is essential to choose an attorney who understands the intricacies of the process so that they are better equipped to navigate your case effectively.

  • Track Record and Reputation

Researching a divorce attorney’s track record can be difficult, as no one truly ‘wins’ in a divorce case. That being said, clients know what is important to them, and if they get what is important to them in the divorce it will feel like a win. Clients who feel a big win or a big loss typically write about it on the internet. In today’s day and age, looking at testimonials and online reviews is crucial in selecting a good attorney. One scathing review does not necessarily mean that the attorney was horrible, but when the bad reviews outweigh the good ones, you may want to consider different legal counsel.

You may also consider requesting advice on a community social media page. It is not too early to join a divorce support group; the members of such a group can typically give recommendations as to whether they would hire their attorney again.

  • Communication and Empathy

Your divorce attorney is not your therapist, but that doesn’t mean that they should not have empathy and compassion when handling your case. During the initial consultation, assess how well the attorney listens to your concerns and responds to your questions. An empathetic attorney will not only understand your legal needs but can help provide emotional support during this challenging time.

  • Availability and Accessibility

Divorce cases can involve time-sensitive matters, so it is crucial to choose an attorney who is available and responsive when you need them. Inquire about the attorney’s primary form of communication and how quickly you can expect a response. Knowing your attorney’s availability can help alleviate stress and uncertainty during the divorce process.

  • Fee Structure and Costs

Divorce proceedings and child custody disputes can be financially draining. It is essential to understand the costs of these proceedings so that you can plan accordingly. Inquire about an attorney’s billing methods, retainer fees, and any additional costs that may arise during the process.

  • Compatibility and Trust

A strong attorney-client relationship is built primarily on trust and secondarily on compatibility. You need to be able to confide in your attorney, and you need to be able to trust their advice. You will likely spend a lot of time discussing your case with your attorney. So, if the attorney rubs you the wrong way during the initial consultation, trust your gut and keep searching for representation elsewhere.

  • Resources and Support

Most attorneys have a support team. In complex divorce cases, attorneys may require a co-counsel or additional support staff. Paralegals and law clerks can also help keep costs down. Inquire about the team and their ability to use the resources when needed.

  • Location and Jurisdiction

Cole Law is located in the Nashville area. Sometimes we will take cases in Memphis, Knoxville, or some other distant city. However, if cost is a concern, it is important to keep in mind that most attorneys will charge you for the time they spend in the car traveling to and from court. Moreover, an attorney with experience in a certain courtroom can lend insight into how a judge typically rules on certain legal issues; this could be invaluable during a divorce.


Navigating the complexities of divorce or child custody litigation can be overwhelming. However, having a competent and compassionate divorce attorney by your side can make a significant difference. By considering factors such as the attorney’s expertise, reputation, communication skills, accessibility, fee structure, compatibility, resources, and location, you can make an informed decision and find the best legal counsel for your needs.

Remember, the right lawyer will not only provide expert legal guidance but also offer the emotional support needed during the challenging journey ahead. Take the time to research, ask for recommendations, and trust your instincts when selecting your Nashville family law attorney.

If you’re currently facing a divorce or child custody dispute and need experienced legal representation, don’t wait. Schedule a consultation with a trusted attorney today to discuss your case and explore your options. Taking this crucial step can help ensure that you have the support and guidance necessary to navigate the legal process and protect your interests. Contact Cole Law now at 615-490-6020.

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