Author: Andrea Morgan, Esquire of Morgan Divorce Law Firm
As careful as you may have been vetting potential mates in the dating process before you married your spouse, there are some X factors you just cannot predict (no pun intended).
For example, unless you have magical pre-marital powers, no one can predict:
- radical changes in someone’s personality over time, including your own;
- whether the two of you mesh as cohesive co-parents after you have children;
- changes in someone’s emotional or physical health after tying the knot due to traumatic events, apathy, laziness, or addiction;
- the long-term effect on your marital union from the merging of the two families, such as over-bearing in-laws, toxic ties your spouse has with members of their family or yours, or your dislike of key members of your spouse’s family who have influence over your spouse;
- feeling taken for granted over time;
- growing in two different directions with divergent goals;
- feeling alone during the marriage;
- feeling disillusioned or dissatisfied after getting married.
The list of possibilities for your marriage to fail are just as endless as the list of reasons it may thrive.
If you are reading this article, I assume you have fallen into the first category.
I have always said, there are few relationships more important than finding a divorce attorney who is the right fit for both you and your case. Every case is different, and the type of attorney needed for a case where the division of marital assets and debts and/or the custody of children is contested may not be the same attorney most effective in handling a case where you and your spouse are relatively on the same page about these matters.
Choose your divorce attorney carefully – You will essentially be “married” to him or her throughout your divorce process…
Not unlike the partner you chose to marry, the level of trust necessary in order for your attorney-client relationship to work is extremely high. The attorney you hire for your divorce case will eventually know every nuance of your family dynamics and every detail of your economic circumstances. In other words, he or she must be trusted implicitly with knowing the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Divorce attorneys are people. And like all other people, they each carry their unique strengths and weaknesses.
If you and your spouse are relatively on the same page about how your life should look post-divorce, you don’t want to hire an attorney who makes mountains out of mole hills or unnecessarily creates disputes where there are none.
On the other hand, if you believe your spouse will take insupportable positions against you due as revenge or vendetta, you need to find a divorce attorney who is more gladiatorial in nature to fully protect you against spurious attacks by your spouse and his or her lawyer in court.
Finding the right divorce attorney decades ago used to involve a referral from a friend or family member or flipping through the yellow pages and zeroing in on divorce attorney advertisements.
Fast forward to the 21st century and you are left with the morass of divorce attorneys on the internet in a Google search. This method can be both overwhelming and confusing due to attorneys who use paid ads versus attorneys who do not have to use paid ads because of their reputation and proven effectiveness.
For this and other reasons,
Finding the right divorce attorney for you and for your case is a little like skeet shooting – sometimes you hit the mark and sometimes you don’t.
Researching potential divorce attorneys who are right for you and your case will always be a critical task. To ease the likelihood of hitting the mark, the process of vetting divorce attorneys can be made much easier and more efficient through using the ChatGPT platform.
ChatGPT can streamline your search and help you narrow down and zero in on a list of potential divorce attorneys to interview.
Here’s how ChatGPT can work for you in your search for the right divorce attorney:
- Fill-in your knowledge gaps: ChatGPT can help you fill gaps in your legal knowledge by providing you with general information about how the legal system interprets particular issues in your case, such as alimony, the division of marital assets and liabilities, custody, and child support.
- Help you better understand the legal process and ask potential divorce attorneys targeted questions: If you understand the issues in your case better, then you can ask your divorce attorney better questions about issues of concern in your case.
- Help you understand what type of divorce attorney you need: Conducting a general search on Chat about the issues you expect to deal with in your case will help you determine the type of divorce attorney who will be most effective for you. For example, if you have a domineering or narcissistic spouse, your divorce attorney will need to have experience and expertise with the effective management of these traits. In contrast, if you and your spouse generally agree on the terms of your divorce, you want to find an attorney who can best leverage these agreements and steer clear of creating disagreements where they do not exist.
- Enhance your interactions with your divorce attorney: Using ChatGPT to find out answers to your questions before you call your attorney can be very empowering for you and will lessen feelings of intimidation or helpless about issues which come up in your divorce process. This can build a stronger relationship with your attorney and in turn will help your attorney provide you with better service.
- Find the right divorce attorney for you: There are about as many divorce attorneys out there as there are people who a divorce. After Covid, most jurisdictions still use virtual platforms to conduct business. Now that many attorneys can typically practice anywhere in Florida, there are potentially thousands of divorce attorneys who could represent you. ChatGPT can help you narrow down that number to a handful who are right for both your unique personality and your unique case by providing you with a list of potential candidates in a tailored search. You can then use ChatGPT to research each candidate and determine if he or she is a good fit for your needs.
With all that said, ChatGPT is not designed for, nor is it capable of, fully replacing human lawyers. I DO NOT SAY THIS BECAUSE I AM A DIVORCE ATTORNEY, scout’s honor!
My wish for everyone under the sun is they never need my services. Bottom line, though, ChatGPT and ChatGPT Law do not possess the legal expertise, professional ethics, moral judgment, flexibility, and care and concern for you and your case required for effective representation behind the scenes or in a courtroom.
However, it can most definitely streamline your efficiency in the time-consuming task of finding the right divorce attorney for you and for your case.
If you have questions about the types of divorce available to you, please reach out to our team here at Morgan Divorce Law and let’s set up a no-obligation time to talk. With headquarters in Orlando and Palm Beach County, we represent residents in Central and South Florida. For an uncontested or virtual divorce, we can represent you in any county in Florida.
Email us from our website at MorganDivorceLaw.com or call us:
Toll Free Line: 877.694.8360
South Florida: 561.794.4724
Central Florida: 407.374.2983
LIBERATE YOURSELF. WE’RE IN YOUR CORNER.