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Choosing a Family Law Attorney to Represent You

What to Look for When Hiring a Family Law Attorney in Pennsylvania

Choosing a family law attorney to represent you is not your typical, everyday decision. Few people have a clear idea of where to start or how to proceed. With that in mind, we have prepared this article to explain what you need to know.

Whether you choose us to represent you or choose another firm, we hope this information helps you make the right choice for you.

What Family Law Attorneys Do

Family law attorneys handle legal matters related to marriage and children, such as:

Whatever issues you are facing, a family law attorney should listen to your concerns and circumstances, explain your options, protect your rights, and act as your partner day by day to resolve the issues you are facing.

Facing any family conflict can be daunting. For example, many people think divorce is failure. But that’s not true. And nobody has to face it alone. A good attorney can help you find a way to resolve your legal issues and move on to the better future you deserve.

Finding the Right Candidates

Although every licensed attorney has graduated from law school and passed the Pennsylvania State Bar Exam, attorneys are not commodities - no two are exactly alike. An effective strategy is to identify your top three candidates and then interview them to choose the one who is the best for you.

Identifying attorneys in your area who practice family law is a simple matter of using your favorite search engine. However, relying on online ratings can be misleading. You may have co-workers, friends, or family members who could offer better recommendations if you ask.

Seeking third-party input can be useful as long as you make your own decision. The best way to decide is to wait until you have met with each of your top candidates. Ideally, your meetings should be face-to-face.

Asking the Right Questions

Professional, financial, and business considerations are significant. However, they are irrelevant unless the attorney satisfies your personal considerations. Here are questions you should ask yourself while interviewing your candidates:


  • Is the attorney’s personal style compatible with your personal style?
  • Does the attorney not only listen to you, but hear what you’re really saying?
  • Does the attorney answer your questions adequately?
  • Does the attorney seem genuinely interested in your case and want to help you?
  • Do you trust the attorney?


  • Is the attorney’s practice limited to family law?
  • Can the attorney explain a strategy to resolve your case advantageously?
  • What experience does the attorney have relevant to your family law issues?
  • Is the attorney experienced in handling all required court proceedings in your location?


  • What are the attorney’s billing rates and practices?
  • What does the attorney estimate your case may cost?
  • Is the attorney willing to work within your budget limitations?
  • Will the attorney not only provide a retainer agreement but also explain it?


  • Is the attorney you’re meeting the one who actually will handle your case?
  • Does the attorney have the resources to provide the professional services you need?
  • How will the attorney keep you apprised of the ongoing status of your case?
  • When should you expect replies to any inquiries you may have along the way?

You have every right to expect the attorney that you choose to act according to the highest standards of professional ethics, and to treat you with the respect and attention you deserve.

At the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, our Montgomery County family law attorneys possess a deep and nuanced understanding of Pennsylvania’s divorce laws and courts. We handle many high-profile divorce cases with complex financial issues with a client- and results-focused practice. For a no-cost consultation with a family law attorney at our firm, please call (866) 290-9292.

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