Changing Attorneys During Divorce in New York
Selecting a divorce attorney can be a difficult process due to the personal and intimate nature of divorce itself. While some attorneys take a cutthroat, winner-take-all approach, others are more likely to take a low-conflict, collaboration-focused approach. When interviewing attorneys, it isn’t always easy to tell whether you and your attorney will want to take a similar approach to your case before you begin to work with them. You might feel frustrated with the direction your case has taken, and regret your choice of attorney.
Divorce lawyers may fail to take action or keep you informed on your case
Alternately, you may feel that your lawyer has neglected their ethical and legal duties to you as their client. You may experience a great deal of difficulty getting your New York divorce lawyer to return your calls or emails. Perhaps your lawyer has missed important filing deadlines or made significant decisions in your case without first consulting you. You may even have trouble obtaining itemized billing statements that make clear the reasons for their charges.
Not all attorney/client relationships are built to last
Sometimes, these differences can be resolved with a frank conversation with your attorney, making clear how you want your case to be handled and insisting on regular updates on the status of your case. In other cases, the differences in approach or breaches in trust may be too great for you to continue working with that attorney, and it’s time to move on.
Changing attorneys mid-way through your divorce isn’t a decision to be made lightly. It might, however, be the best available choice and can result in an improved outcome for your case. At Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, our experienced family law practitioners are able to provide an honest and straightforward assessment of your attorney’s handling of your case. Divorce cases are often slower-moving than couples would prefer. The lack of progress on a case may not be due to an attorney’s neglect or ineffectiveness, but rather to the slow-moving judicial system. We can help you assess whether your attorney has made the best of a bad situation, or if it’s time to investigate other options for representation in your divorce.
Qualified and Experienced Representation in New York Divorce Matters
For assistance in deciding whether to change lawyers for your New York divorce, contact the Hudson Valley family law attorneys at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for a consultation, at 845-331-4100 (Kingston), or 845-236-4411 (Marlboro).