The simple fact is, when you are going through a divorce, you are in no position to represent yourself, and the legal representation you choose can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. With that in mind, here are some tips for choosing the right divorce attorney for you:
- Hire an Experienced Family Law Attorney – Divorce is complicated and involves much more than simply filling out paperwork or simply terminating a marriage. Most divorces involve child custody matters, property matters, financial concerns, and numerous other legal matters which you may not even realize need to be addressed. A Divorce has the potential to impact virtually every aspect of your life more so than just about any other event. A divorce can impact your relationship with your children, your employment, your ability to choose where you reside, your retirement, property interests, mineral interests, business interests, and so on. A divorce can touch on almost every area of law and can involve claims and causes of action for which you may not even know you are entitled. That’s why it is imperative to engage a good, experienced, family law attorney to assist you in your divorce.. This is especially important when children are involved. An experienced family law attorney can educate you about the laws concerning conservatorship, rights and duties, geographic restrictions, possession & access, child support, permanent injunctions, and numerous other issues that often arise in divorce cases involving children. Additionally, an experienced family law attorney can educate you about issues such as characterization of property, valuation of your marital property and marital estate, division of your marital estate, spousal maintenance and alimony, valuation of business interests, and related claims that often arise in a divorce such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, torts, and other causes of action, all of which will impact the outcome of your case. A good, experienced family law attorney can even help with the tedious task of evaluating all aspects of your case and working with you to formulate a strategic plan to maximize your chances of achieving the results you desire.
- Select the Attorney that is Right for You – Just like most things in life, not all attorneys are created equal and not all attorneys are the right fit for you. It is important that you hire a family law attorney who you are comfortable with, can communicate with, and trust. Every attorney is not right for every client and every client is not right for every attorney. A divorce is one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life and often places both parties in a state of uncertainty. Hiring a family law attorney who gives you honest advice, who is willing to talk through legal issues in your case with you, and who is willing to fight for the issues most important to you is essential to a good attorney-client relationship and to the ultimate success of your case.
- Meet a Family Law Attorney Before Hiring – The first thing that any good attorney does when first hired on a case is evaluate the case, assess strengths and weaknesses, ascertain client goals, and formulate a strategic plan for achieving those goals. The first step in this process is taking the time to have an initial consultation with an attorney. Not only is this the first step in the attorney beginning to evaluate your case, but it is also the first step in you determining if the attorney you are consulting with is the right fit for you.
- Hire a Family Law Attorney with the Right Experience for Your Case – How experienced are the attorneys? Are there unique issues in your specific case? Does the attorney have experience dealing with similar issues? It is important that you hire an attorney who has the right level of experience for your case.
- Hire a Family Law Attorney with Experience in Your Court or in the County Where your Case Will be Filed – Texas law gives family court judges broad discretion to make decisions in cases on a broad range of issues impacting the custody and possession of children, the division of a marital estate, and many other issues that often arise during a divorce or other family law related matter. Often times these decisions are impacted by a specific judge’s own personal feelings or experiences with a specific issue or by a judge’s own personal beliefs regarding a specific issue. As such, it is important to hire an attorney who is familiar with the judge hearing your case, who understands how the particular judge will view the facts of your case, and who has experience arguing similar cases in front of the particular judge.
Divorce can be complicated and Texas laws concerning divorce, division of your marital estate, child custody and related issues are complicated. Hiring a good, experienced, family law attorney who can help you best navigate these laws, educate you on the process and what you can reasonably expect, and work to put your case in the best position possible to succeed is paramount in any divorce or related family law proceeding.