This article will help you understand:
- What makes a good divorce attorney, and how to find one.
- What to expect during your initial consultation with our firm.
- The importance of talking to your divorce attorney about any of your weaknesses that relate to your case.
How Do I Find The Best Attorney For My Divorce Case In Texas?
Divorce can be an extremely difficult process for people to go through. Having an experienced attorney by your side can lessen the stress and ensure the process runs as smoothly for you as possible.
My first recommendation for finding a good attorney for your divorce case is to start with a Google search and check the Google reviews. You can also ask people who have been through a divorce about their attorney and their experience.
Someone may have hired a certain attorney and had a terrible experience, or they were confused about the process. Whatever the attorney promised or predicted was not what actually occurred. That’s not a good attorney.
In my role as a divorce attorney, I tell my clients what I think the judge is going to rule based on my experience. I compare what I do to a medical doctor.
Let’s say you go to a medical doctor complaining of a headache. Your doctor tells you that it’s not a headache, it’s a blockage of your heart, and you need surgery.
You disagree and decide that you prefer taking Tylenol. Your doctor says, “Okay, no problem, you can just take Tylenol instead of surgery.” That’s not a good doctor!
But it’s a similar situation with an attorney during a divorce. Based on their knowledge and experience, a good attorney should be able to advise the client on what the outcome of the case will probably be.
They know the law, they know the best interest factors, and they know how the judge will apply the Just and Right for property and assets.
At the very least, your attorney should be able to tell you what the best interest factors are, or what Just and Right is. If the attorney is making unfounded assumptions, such as the father needing to pay child support because he is a man, that is not a good attorney.
What Can I Expect From You As A Family Law Attorney During A Consultation?
As a family law attorney, I usually consult with my new clients for 30 minutes or less. During this consultation, you may not be able to discuss the entirety of a 15-year marriage in just 30 minutes.
However, the first thing I ask in my consultation is how long have you been married. I will also ask other questions, such as:
- When did you separate?
- If you’re still living together, do you plan to separate?
- Do you have kids? If so, how many?
- What outcome do you want?
- Additional questions that will help me understand your situation
During a consultation, a good attorney should ask not only about your strengths, but also about your weaknesses. For example, if a parent is addicted to drugs, the attorney needs to know because these things will be used against them.
If an attorney only asks you what you want and what can we use against the other side – without asking you what the other side may use against you – then this is not an effective consultation.
A consultation is a preview of your case. It also gives us the chance to assess your strengths and weaknesses so that you can work on those weaknesses.
For example, if you tell me that you have a drug issue, I may tell you to wait for another six months before filing anything. This gives you a chance to seek help, stop using, and take a drug test. When you have a clean drug test, we revisit the issues, and maybe we can file at that time.
But if an attorney only asks you what the problems are with the other party, and then you file and the other side asks for a drug test that you don’t pass, it will be used against you. A good attorney discusses their clients’ strengths as well as their weaknesses so that we can be better prepared if and when we go to court.
For more information on Hiring The Right Divorce Attorney In Texas, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (832) 345-1988 today