Anyone who has shopped for a house or car knows that research and careful consideration are important elements of the decision-making process. When Dallas residents find that they need a family law attorney, research and careful consideration again play important roles.
Not only must a person deal with the emotions and upheaval that comes with divorce, but they must also contend with the legal system. The intersection of law and emotion makes the choice of lawyer critical, especially in divorces involving child custody matters.
A financial advice site says that “understanding the legal process is as baffling as trying to understand complex medical procedures,” adding that just as it is important to find a doctor whom you trust, it is vital to have a lawyer in whom you have confidence.
The process of finding a good family law attorney can begin with those whose judgment you trust: family and friends. Ask them for referrals for divorce lawyers. If they have had a good experience with an attorney, you might well have a similar experience.
When you have compiled a list of attorneys, schedule consultations with several promising candidates either over the phone or in person. Let the lawyer know you are doing interviews as part of a selection process and ask them questions about their fees, approach to divorce and child custody disputes, and other family law matters important to you.
After you have made your choice, work to ensure that lines of communication between you and your lawyer are open in both directions. In that way, you can understand your legal options and your attorney understands your priorities.