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The importance of finding the right divorce attorney

For Texas spouses who are preparing to divorce, finding the right legal counsel is essential to a positive outcome. This is a relationship that is being formed, and while it is a professional and not a personal bond, it is a partnership that will have a great deal of influence on one's future, and one that takes place during a challenging phase of an individual's life. Finding a good divorce match requires a degree of attention and effort.

One of the most important considerations when searching for a divorce attorney is finding someone who is trustworthy and easy to work with. Begin by talking to friends and family who can share recommendations from their own experience. It can be helpful to find an attorney who shares a similar approach to the overall divorce process. For example, a spouse who hopes for a collaborative and amicable divorce may not find a good match in an attorney who has built a practice on taking an aggressive and hostile stance during divorce cases.

Next, be prepared to ask lots of questions during the first few meetings, and never be intimidated into remaining with an attorney who does not seem like a good fit. Many people bemoan the money lost on the first few meetings, but should take a larger view of the issue. It is far better to move on and find a better pairing than to move ahead with an attorney who does not share one's communication style or does not seem willing to answer questions or address concerns.

A Texas spouse and his or her divorce attorney will forge a unique type of professional relationship during the divorce process. This is an individual who will eventually come to know the ins and outs of one's marriage, parenting style, finances and hopes for the future. Even more importantly, one's attorney is trusted with taking all of that information and reaching a favorable outcome for the client. While the attorney/client relationship will be brief in duration, it can have lasting ramifications, making it important to find the best possible match from the onset.  

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Confidential: Finding the Right Divorce Attorney", Caroline Choi, June 2, 2015

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