How do I choose the best divorce attorney? Everyone involved in a divorce contemplates how to choose the best attorney. Attorneys have many important qualifications. When choosing a divorce attorney, the following three qualifications are paramount.
First, you should choose an attorney who practices family law. Attorneys, like doctors, have areas where they focus their attention. They will be the most familiar with the topics contained within that area. So, when choosing a divorce attorney, you need one who focuses on family law. In Texas, divorce statutes are contained in the Texas Family Code. Attorneys who focus their time in family law will have the knowledge necessary to present your case efficiently and confidently.
Second, you should choose an attorney who practices law in the county where your divorce will be heard. Judges in divorce cases have a lot of discretion. To effectively represent a client in a divorce, an attorney must be familiar with how the judge who hears the case will apply the law to the specific facts in that case. An attorney who is familiar with the judge hearing the case, can determine what evidence that judge will deem most relevant. Your attorney should present the evidence that the judge wants to hear and not get caught up in the minutia that the judge deems irrelevant. Texas is a very diverse state. This diversity is seen in family courts as well. Some judges follow the law to the letter and others use the law as more of a guide. When you have a local attorney, they will be familiar with the judge. This familiarity enables the attorney to effectively present your case.
Third, you an attorney who makes you feel comfortable. Why? During a divorce, it is often necessary to deal with difficult subjects. In order to obtain the best possible outcome in your divorce, you must be honest with your attorney, openly sharing the good and the bad with them. You cannot afford to withhold information from your attorney. When you withhold information, you run the risk that your attorney will be surprised by something when you are on the stand. Your attorney must know what negative things the other side is going to say so that they are ready to respond. When an attorney knows about an issue they will help you address it so that it will have the least impact on your case. On the other hand, when an issue emerges for the first time during trial, it is often too late to effectively respond to it. Additionally, divorcing clients are often emotional, dealing with the grief associated with the loss of their marriage. The best attorney will guide you through this difficult time, taking care of the legal issues, so that you can deal with the emotions. In order for you to obtain the best results, you need to trust your attorney and follow their advice. That is difficult to do, if not impossible, when you are not comfortable with your attorney.
I hope this information helps you in choosing the best divorce attorney for you. If you are looking for a divorce attorney in Fort Worth, Texas, we are here to help. The Law Office of Wendy L. Hart,817-842-2336