Majority of couples come to Jamaica West Indies, get married in our tropical paradise and then think that they will live a fairy tale happy ever after life. Some do and some don’t. For those who don’t the end is usually hiring divorce lawyers in Jamaica to represent them in the Jamaica Supreme Court.
Separating couples need to work out plans to care for children, divide assets and property (property settlements) and make ongoing financial arrangements (including spousal maintenance) which is the main reason to hire the services of divorce lawyers in Jamaica. We know that conflict and emotion can make negotiating those decisions very difficult. Our team of divorce lawyers in Jamaica empower you with knowledge and clear advice to help you make the best decision for you and your family’s future.
- Property Settlements (including Financial Agreements)
- Child Support Agreements
- Parenting Plans
- Divorce applications
- International arrangements
The details of your divorce settlement will have a significant impact on your future. This includes how much time you spend with your children and your financial stability. From our offices in Kingston Jamaica we will:
Protect your future
Each client has different goals and each case will be different. We will determine your divorce goals and work to ensure your future and family future is secure.
Investigate your spouse’s activities
We will work with private investigators so we can develop your case and defend your financial interests.
Negotiate effectively and litigate aggressively:
Our attorneys are dynamic negotiators and litigators who will work diligently to help you achieve your goals for the divorce.
Protect your privacy
Divorce is difficult enough without the media involved. If needed, we will strive to shield you from unwarranted media coverage.
Divorce Lawyers in Jamaica Know What Is At Stake
When the future of your family is at stake in a divorce, you need attorneys who take your concerns as seriously as you do. The distinguishing characteristic of the Siemon Law Firm is the depth to which our lawyers are committed to our clients. We will listen carefully to your concerns and goals.
What you should consider when selecting a divorce lawyer in Jamaica West Indies
A. Experience. The longer you have been practicing a particular area of the law, the more you know. There is an old adage that says a good lawyer knows the law and a great lawyer knows the judge! What is the difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer? Experience.
B. Experience Trying Cases. Has he/she achieved any trial successes for his/her clients? Experience is one very important factor in choosing your divorce lawyer in Kingston Jamaica. Additionally, it’s necessary for that lawyer to practice primarily in the field of divorce law. In some cases, people will hire a lawyer who practices outside this field, thinking that any lawyer will do. An experienced divorce lawyer will know the tendencies of the various judges, the clerk of the Jamaica Supreme Court and will be able to use this knowledge to your advantage.
C. Ask Around: You should ask your circle of friends and professional advisers (accountants, attorneys, marriage therapists, etc) what they know about the attorney, or if they know someone who does know about the attorney.
D. Are they willing to settle when appropriate to do so? Trial attorneys sometimes suffer from a hired gun mentality. They like the thrill of trying cases and may not consider other options, such as mediation or arbitration to achieve a resolution. Most good divorce attorneys do not adopt this approach, but see a trial as a last resort, when other options have failed to precipitate a fair resolution of the issues.
E. Going to court about family law unless you have to is like using a sledgehammer on a flea problem; you may kill a few fleas, but you wreak a lot of damage to the structure of the house, too. When individuals settle their own cases outside of court, they can be a lot more creative than the court would be in fashioning a remedy that is fair to both parties. Sometimes, an agreement is just not possible. When that is the case, you want an experienced able divorce attorney who can advocate for your position in court and has a proven track record of success.
F. Respect in the legal community. What are other lawyers saying about this lawyer? Has the lawyer lectured or taught? Has he/she taught other lawyers?
Now that you have selected a Jamaican divorce lawyer to interview and have done research on him or her, the next step is to contact the lawyer’s office and schedule an appointment. You can learn a lot about how your speedy divorce lawyer will behave if you retain him or her just by how he or she handles the simple but important task of scheduling a meeting with you, a potential new client.
A good lawyer in Jamaica is responsible enough to decide child custody issues in an unbiased and fair way. He also tries to help the child deal with the divorce issue of the parents.
G. Publications. Has he/she written anything that has been accepted for publication in legal journals? This is another sign of respect for the lawyer and for his/her skills and experience. Has he/she written or published anything designed to educate the public as to their rights duties and responsibilities under the law?
H. Affiliations and memberships. What professional affiliations does the attorney have? Is he/she a member of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar Association? A member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers? A fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys?
I. Does the attorney limit the number of cases he/she undertakes? We don’t take every case that calls in or walks through the door. We limit the number of cases that we undertake to handle at a given point in time so that we can focus on doing the best job for those clients.
J. Accessibility and the “Likable” element – It is extremely important that your divorce lawyer in Jamaica West Indies is easily accessible and prompt in responding to your phone calls, emails, and requests. Or, you’re going to get nothing but frustration. While you would care to ask for the lawyer’s office policy, don’t forget to ask the lawyer’s past clients if that particular lawyer was responsible enough to maintain an easy system of communication. This will be of great benefit to you. Also remember tha your lawyer is not a marriage counsellor so don’t make the mistake of visiting the lawyer and pouring out your emotions on them.
K. Relationship issues.
1. How was the telephone answered when you called for an appointment?
2. How were you greeted when you entered the office?
3. Did the attorney and staff listen to you? Are you sure? Could you tell they were listening?
4. Were you interrupted during your time with the lawyer?
5. Does the attorney use written agreements setting out the parameters of the representation and the financial arrangements?
6. One of the most important aspects of choosing a speedy divorce lawyer is the relationship aspect: you need to be able to work effectively and comfortably with your lawyer. The relationship requires intimacy and trust. Do you feel comfortable with the divorce attorney?
7. Were you introduced to staff?
8. How long does the attorney retain files on closed cases? What happens to the closed file? How is it disposed of? What steps does the separation attorney take to safeguard your confidential information?
If your attorney does not devote a significant portion of his/her practice to family law issues, has never tried a contested divorce, has never tried a contested custody case or who has never tried an equitable distribution case, or drafted a qualified domestic relations order dividing a pension, you may want to choose another lawyer for your separation and divorce.
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