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Virgins Welcome

Posted by Diane Cherry | Mar 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

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First Time Divorce

Never Been Divorced Before?  Welcome to the Club that no one wants to be a member of.  Most people don't get married planning to divorce.  So when you realize divorce is inevitable, understand that you're not alone.  Others have gone down this path before you and managed to survive and you can too.

Divorce is nothing to be ashamed of.  It happens to good people.  And if you're not sure where to begin, you're like most people who feel the same way.  One step at a time and you will get there.

Find a lawyer who you can relate to.  Do you like his/her style?  Understand his/her approach to your divorce?  If so, that's the right lawyer for you.  Looking for someone who will encourage you to sneak into your spouse's computer/email/phone, haunt his/her Facebook messages, track his/her whereabouts and teach you everything you need to know about hidden, voice-activated recording devices?  That's not me.  Keep on looking. 

How about a lawyer who charges rock bottom prices for a quickie divorce?  Um, that's not me either.  I'm definitely not cheap.  Not even close.  Keep looking.

Well, how about someone with a really low retainer?  Once again, I don't quote low retainers because they are nothing but teasers.  They tease you into thinking that you'll be divorced without having to invest substantially more.  That can happen and sometimes does but I charge a retainer that reflects the realities and complexities of your case and I'm not trying to lure you in with a teaser retainer.  If your case is finished without using up your retainer, you get money back.  But if it doesn't, at least you understand that we did our best to start with a realistic retainer for your case.

Maybe you can find someone who will hold your hand and give you that emotional support you need to survive a divorce.  Actually, I'm not that person either.  Don't get me wrong, I work very, very closely with my clients to prepare the best case possible covering every conceivable angle but I'm not a therapist and I don't pretend to be one.  Many people going through a divorce benefit from talking to a therapist.  But I'm not a trained therapist and therapy is not my area of expertise.  So I recommend you find the right therapist or support system to get you through the divorce because you are wasting your money if you expect e to provide you with that kind of emotional support.

Looking for good, honest-to-goodness legal advice?  Now we're talking.  That's where I excel.  Smart, savvy and efficient.  You came to the right place.  Strong courtroom and negotiating skills.  Solid case preparation.  Our office can deliver.

And don't worry about being a first timer.  We aren't.  We've got 30 years of practice experience and the skills you navigate even the toughest divorces.

That's all you need.  The right lawyer can do it all and do it efficiently.  You don't need to become an expert in divorce law--that's our job.  We'll get you through it and keep you sane in the process.  We'll look after your interests and make sure you know what to do and how to get the best outcome in your case.

So if you're new to divorce; if this is your first divorce and you're not sure where to begin, begin right here, right now.

About the Author

Diane Cherry

I am an Atlanta area Family Law and Criminal Law Attorney who has represented hundreds of clients in federal and state courts and administrative hearing cases throughout the State of Georgia.


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