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Sometimes it feels like we could avoid a lot of hardship in life if only there were road signs posted at major decision-making moments in our life — signs telling us to proceed with caution, slow down, or really take a minute and think before switching lanes. 

While these road signs don’t exist, there are red flags out there we can be aware of. When you’re looking for a divorce lawyer, for example, there are certainly warning signs that could send you looking for a different attorney. In today’s blog, we’re covering some of the biggest warning signs we’ve seen. Keep reading to learn more, and be sure to contact The Law Office of Ronald Kossack today to get started with a divorce lawyer. We work with clients throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe, and we’d be happy to meet with you for a free consultation

Poor Communication

From the first meeting to the last, poor communication can be a plague that can negatively affect your divorce process, along with your final settlement. Here are some signs to look out for:

  • No phone calls, emails, paper mail, etc.
  • Never available when you reach out
  • Busy and not paying attention during meetings
  • Doesn’t provide updates about the process
  • Condescending or bullying speech toward you or others

Missed Deadlines

During the divorce process, it’s crucial that deadlines are met and papers are signed. If your divorce lawyer is consistently pushing or missing deadlines — whether they, you, or the city created the deadline — this is a serious red flag and should make you suspicious. Your divorce lawyer should be on top of your case and not damaging your chances of success.


If your divorce lawyer is inappropriate in any way, then this is a warning sign and you should find a new divorce attorney immediately. Inappropriateness can range from lack of compassion to inappropriate actions or speech, too much emotional investment, being unaware of case specifics, and more. At our law firm in Tempe, we will always treat you with respect, fairness, and compassion.

No References

When you first meet with a divorce lawyer during an initial consultation, it’s wise to ask for references. If your potential attorney is unable to provide you with references, then it’s time to walk. Likewise, if they’re not able to provide you with references who had similar cases to yours, then it’s time to walk. This is their time to show you what their clients think of them, and they should have something to show. 


Finally, don’t forget to trust your gut. Even if a potential law office checks off all your requirements but leaves you with a queasy feeling, then go ahead and find a different divorce lawyer. Your instincts have gotten you this far — be sure to keep trusting them.

Meet With Our Tempe Divorce Lawyer Today

Throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe, you can count on The Law Office of Ronald Kossack. Put us to the test during a free initial consultation and get the representation you deserve from a qualified, experienced, and compassionate divorce lawyer.