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Texas Divorce and Prenuptial Agreement

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Choosing a Divorce Attorney

Choosing a Divorce Attorney

Divorce can be a complex process. If you’ve been married for a long time, you and your spouse most likely have accumulated considerable assets. Splitting up will affect every part of your life – financial, emotional, and legal. It is important to know how to choose the right divorce attorney.

There’s more to finding an accomplished divorce lawyer than typing “Houston divorce lawyer” into your search engine. You will rely on your attorney’s expert advice to help you through this period in your life. Selecting the attorney to represent you is the most important decision you will make after you’ve decided to divorce your spouse.

Your relationship with your attorney will be similar to a partnership, so compatibility is crucial. You must be able to trust your attorney enough for open and honest communication. The attorney you choose makes a difference in whether your divorce proceeds smoothly or if there are many delays.

Finding the right attorney may seem overwhelming, especially if this is your first divorce. You likely don’t know where to start.

When you are first starting your search, gather recommendations from your family and friends. You should get referrals from other professionals such as your CPA or the attorney who drafted your will. Websites, such as the Texas State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRIS), are also good sources of information.

Choosing a Divorce Attorney – Tips for Selection

After you have compiled a list of divorce lawyers to interview, there are some steps you can take to make selecting an attorney less stressful. There are basic skills that your attorney should possess.

  • Your attorney must specialize in family law. A corporate attorney won’t be able to help you.
  • Your attorney must have divorce experience. He or she will have expert knowledge in Texas divorce laws and Houston family courts. Your attorney has been there, seen that. Experience allows your attorney to provide you with sage advice and options when roadblocks happen.
  • Your divorce attorney should be an accomplished negotiator. Is he or she capable of getting a divorce settlement without a long court battle? Your lawyer will save you time, money, and your sanity if a settlement can be quickly negotiated.
  • Your attorney should be rock solid in the face of obstacles such as when your spouse is resistance to compromise or if you wind up in an extended court battle. You would not want an attorney that collapses during the hearings.
  • Your attorney should be sensible. He or she must offer reasonable alternatives. Your attorney must be practical and tell you if the offer is fair and that you should not drag out your case because you’re angry and need to win.
  • Your attorney should not have conflicts of interest when he/she accepts your case. Make sure he or she is not representing your spouse, is not your spouse’s best friend or business partner, or is a member of your spouse’s family.

Choosing a divorce attorney doesn’t have to be an overpowering task. If you look for an attorney that you are compatible with, is a specialist in Texas divorce law, has experience, is a skilled negotiator, is sensible, and does not have a conflict of interest, your divorce should more forward smoothly.

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