When reviewing options for divorce lawyers, Orange County residents typically
start with a lot of questions. Family law deals with the issues that matter
most—family, property, and finances—so it’s normal to
have these concerns.
Here, W. Douglas McKeague offers an overview of what to expect when you
choose him as you legal representative. Read on, and then get in touch
with Mr. McKeague to discuss how he can support your case.
For divorce lawyers, Orange County cases typically begin with an in-person
meeting. This initial consultation gives you a chance to get to know the
attorney and to ensure that he / she is the right fit.
Douglas McKeague uses these meetings to discuss your case as well as to
explain his approach to family law. Unlike some Orange County divorce
attorneys, he provides a comfortable, personable experience. It’s
not his goal to impress with lavish expenses and a huge legal team. Instead,
he believes that attorneys should be accessible, knowledgeable, committed,
During this first meeting, you share details about your situation. Mr.
McKeague helps you define the type of outcome you are expecting: what
is a “want” versus what is a “need.” He also sets
your expectations for what is achievable. A realistic understanding of
the process will give you confidence in the road ahead.
Moving the Case Forward
Once you engage the Law Offices of Douglas McKeague as your representative,
he will begin tailoring a strategy around your goals. Typically, this
involves creating a schedule of assets, debts, income, and expenses. You
may handle this step on your own with Mr. McKeague’s guidance, or
he can recommend an expert to manage the process. The schedule lets you
make a “preliminary declaration of disclosure,” which will
be used in resolving the case.
When the time comes, Mr. McKeague works to bring both sides together. Negotiation,
compromise, and professional conduct matter at this stage. Mr. McKeague
helps clients avoid confrontation and argument in their meetings since
these lead to legal escalation. His approach helps both parties move on
with their lives while still providing you with a satisfying resolution.
In certain cases, the other party has unreasonable expectations or is presenting
a threat to your or your children’s welfare. These situations require
divorce lawyers who are experienced and capable in an Orange County courtroom.
Mr. McKeague has many years of practice with hearings and trials for dissolution
of marriage, spousal support, and child custody. He works efficiently
and diligently, and he takes every effort to keep children from being
exposed to the proceeding. While a trial is not ideal, you can take confidence
in knowing that he has the skill and expertise to succeed on your behalf.