How To Find the Best Divorce Lawyer For Women?
The divorce process is difficult for lots of reasons. You may be concerned about the impact it will have on your children, the reaction from family and friends, and your financial stability in the future. On top of all of that, you now need to find a divorce lawyer. If you have no prior experience in hiring a legal professional, it is natural to feel overwhelmed. Every lawyer claims to be the best, so how can you find the right divorce lawyer?
Here at Skillern Firm, we are dedicated to helping women navigate divorce and all the family law issues that come with it, such as child custody, property division, child support, and spousal support. We are here to provide legal guidance, and to be a source of emotional support for you. How you settle a divorce could affect you and your children for the rest of your lives, so it is essential that you have an experienced family law attorney on your side. Although we are confident that we are the right law firm for your case, we want you to be confident as well. To help you in your decision, we have created a list of things that we advise you to look for in a divorce lawyer.
Contact us today for an initial consultation with an experienced attorney at (936) 213-8479.
Be Careful About Advertisements
If you have never needed an attorney before, it may be tempting to go for the best-looking divorce lawyer advertisement you see. However, it is important to remember that advertisements are cleverly designed to catch your eye, and a good advertisement is not always representative of a high-quality service. Finding an advertisement or an article could be a great place to start, but be sure to do your due diligence when picking your divorce lawyer. Check their website, look at independent reviews, and seek an initial consultation before you sign up for representation.
Qualities To Look For in the Best Divorce Attorneys For Women
It is not enough to rely on advertisements alone if you are looking for a good divorce attorney. But what exactly should you look for? Here are the qualities to look for if you want to find the right lawyer for your family law case.
Proven Track Record
A good divorce lawyer will be more than happy to show you testimonials from their previous clients and evidence of previous success in cases that are similar to yours. Whether you find a divorce lawyer online, you see an advertisement, or you get a recommendation, it is always a good idea to look at independent review sites and ask your potential attorneys to see referrals. If they cannot provide you with evidence of their track record, then you should probably look elsewhere. Here at Skillern Firm, we are proud of the track record of all of our attorneys. Our managing attorney, Mathew Skillern has the highest possible AVVO rating of 10.0 which is based on clients’ reviews as well as awards received, years in service, and more.
An attorney’s trial record is also important in any divorce case. They should be prepared to fight to protect your rights in court if needed and have experience dealing with family law judges. Although you may wish to limit court involvement in your divorce process, it is still important for your attorney to have the experience necessary to navigate the court system. At Skillern Firm, we will strive to limit conflict in your case. However, if we believe it is in your best interests, we will be prepared to advocate on your behalf in court. We have helped countless clients navigate complex and difficult cases, and we have the skills and resources to handle whatever your case throws at us.
Skills in Negotiation and Mediation
For divorce cases, court proceedings should be limited as much as possible. Court proceedings are time-consuming, expensive, and stressful. Most divorce attorneys will have some skills in mediation and negotiation and should aim for collaborative divorce where possible. At Skillern Firm, all of our attorneys are highly skilled in mediation and negotiation, and we will use those skills as a priority. While you may think that it will be impossible for you and your ex-spouse to come to agreements without court involvement, many people are surprised by what they can achieve with our help.
Mediation has many benefits, including:
- Saves time, because, without it, you could wait for many months between court dates.
- Protects children from a long court battle.
- Helps to foster an amicable relationship between you and your ex-spouse.
- Gives you more freedom to come to personalized arrangements that are not dictated by a judge.
It’s a divorce attorney’s job to guide you through the legal process in a way that has the most benefits for you. If they are too quick to turn to the court to solve your issues, then you should look elsewhere. However, it is important that they are prepared to go to court when mediation and negotiation attempts break down or are not possible.
There may be specific aspects to consider that are personal to your case. For example, if your divorce case involves significant assets, then you will need an attorney who has experience in dealing with high-asset divorces. At Skillern Firm, we have a diverse team, full of attorneys who specialize in family law. Different members of our team have varying levels of experience in the different issues that impact each case. We will assign the best person to your case based on your specific needs.
Ensure You and Your Attorney Get Along
You will spend a considerable amount of time with your divorce attorney. Therefore, the best attorney is someone who you feel comfortable talking to, and who is compassionate about your needs. In your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to assess how comfortable you feel speaking with your attorney, so make sure you take the time to ensure your personalities do not clash.
Professional Associations and Honors
When you are looking at potential family law attorneys, one great way to set them apart is to look for their professional associations and honors. For example, Bar Associations oversee an attorney’s practice, they keep them accountable to high standards and ensure that they treat their clients in a just and fair way. Our managing director, Mathew Skillern is associated with the State Bar of Texas, Fort Bend County Bar Association, and the Houston Bar Association. Honors are awards that tell you that an attorney has been recognized and honored for their work by other legal professionals. Our attorneys have received many awards and Mathew Skillern has received the Texas Super Lawyer award in 2010-2011, and 2015-2017.
Consider If They Have The Same Values As You
Divorce is an emotional process that presents many personal issues, therefore it is important that your attorney has the same values as you. A good lawyer will take the time to understand what’s important to you and will keep your best interests at heart. At Skillern Firm, we are dedicated to helping women feel confident about their life post-divorce and we will do everything possible to secure a bright future for you and your family. In all family law cases involving children, we will always prioritize their needs.
A Dedication to Family Law
The ideal attorney will work primarily in a single practice area, such as family law. If an attorney does it all, criminal defense, personal injury, and family law, then you should question whether they can really dedicate themselves to understanding the complexities of your case. Family law is complex, and for an attorney to have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle your case, they should practice in that area regularly, and deal with cases similar to yours each day. Skillern Firm is a family law firm that works primarily in divorce and other family law matters. Our narrow focus means that we have an in-depth knowledge of the issues related to your case.
The best divorce lawyers for women will be in high demand, which means they will have a full caseload. However, they should still answer your questions in a timely manner. While you won’t have 24/7 access to them, they should be prompt to answer your queries. At Skillern Firm, the attorney-client relationship is of the utmost importance to us. For us, that means keeping you informed at every stage of our case and being available to answer your questions.
A Local Texas Attorney
National attorneys claim to represent people across the country. In divorce law, this puts them at a major disadvantage. First, it is important that your attorney can be physically present to negotiate between you and your ex-spouse. Second, divorce law changes state by state and it is essential that your attorney is well versed in the laws of your state and has experience navigating those specific laws.
Skillern Firm only operates in Texas, which means that we have in-depth knowledge of Texas divorce law, and we have experience in your local court. It is even likely that we have experience dealing with the Judge assigned to oversee your case. This can be massively beneficial. Our practice areas cover Houston, Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, Harris County, Cypress, Katy, and Montgomery County.
Experience in Domestic Violence
If you have suffered domestic violence during your marriage, then it is essential that you have an attorney who understands. You and your children have a right to feel secure and safe, and we will help you get there. If you are still in danger then we can help you apply for an injunction with the court, preventing your spouse from seeing or speaking to you. We will help you navigate your case in a way that works for you. It can be difficult to take those first steps, but we will provide support and a safe place to talk about your experiences.
Our Female Divorce Attorneys For Women
Many women feel more comfortable working with a female attorney. At Skillern Firm, we have a diverse team, with several highly skilled female attorneys. If you would rather work with another woman, then we are more than happy to accommodate.
Robin W. Klein – Senior Council
Attorney Robin Klein has worked exclusively in family law for over 13 years. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This is an incredible achievement that only 1% of family lawyers in Texas have accomplished. As a single mother herself, she understands the difficulties facing women in divorce, such as financial insecurity, and how to protect and care for children. She takes great care to understand each unique situation and has a passion for helping people feel confident in their life after divorce.
Tina Floridia – Associate Attorney
Tina is committed to being your fiercest advocate. She is highly skilled in mediation and specializes in helping families overcome conflict and helping to establish healthy co-parenting relationships. She belongs to several professional associations, including the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, and the Houston Young Lawyers Association.
How To Find the Best Divorce Lawyer For Women?
Finding the correct divorce lawyer for your case can feel like a daunting process. It is essential that you have support and guidance from someone who not only has the experience and skills necessary to help you but who also shares your values and takes the time to understand your needs. At Skillern Firm, our approach to the attorney-client relationship is second to none. We will fight tirelessly to protect your rights, while also lending a sympathetic ear when you need it. We offer an initial consultation so that you have the opportunity to decide if we are the right fit for your case and so that you have the space to ask any questions you may have about the process.
Contact us today for your consultation at (936) 213-8479.