The right attorney for your divorce can help to reduce stress during the process and can affect the ultimate outcome, the cost, and the length of your case. Attorneys are not all the same in experience, credentials, and temperament. If you know divorce is on the horizon, interview several attorneys and find someone you like before you get into a pressing situation where you are filing or being served with papers. This gives you time to meet with and find someone compatible rather than rushing to find someone who is merely available. Talk to a friend, your therapist, a financial advisor, or an attorney you know for a recommendation to a divorce lawyer he or she knows or trusts. Hire someone whose practice is focused on family law to be sure they have the knowledge and experience to handle your case efficiently. Ask a lot of questions when you interview an attorney such as his or her approach to settling a case, fees, how billing works, and how long he or she has practiced family law. Know what you want and explain that during your meeting. After your meeting, ask yourself if the attorney was a good listener and if you were comfortable opening up to him or her. Divorce is a very personal and emotional process. Your choice of attorney should be someone who is professional, knowledgeable, responsive, and has the best interest of you and your children at heart.