How Can a Divorce Attorney Help?
Having strong legal representation is essential when going through a divorce in Texas. Most people do not expect to go through a divorce in their lifetime. However, the reality is that marriages often come to an end, and figuring out the logistics of life after a marriage can be quite difficult.
Many issues need to be dealt with during a divorce, including property division, child custody arrangements, division of assets, and spousal support agreements. Divorce lawyers can help you by guiding you through the legal process, advising you on your rights, protecting your interests, and helping you get the best possible outcome for your case.
At Skillern Firm, our family law firm can help you with all stages of your divorce, whether it is mediation, arranging a settlement, or going to trial. Our divorce lawyers have been helping Texas citizens navigate divorces for many years, so we understand the issues and difficulties that people face. We will use our unique experience and skills to offer you strong advice on your legal options and protect your rights at all costs.
We understand that each divorce case is unique and that divorces are sensitive matters. Our attorneys will treat your case with compassion and care and ensure that you feel confident going through the divorce.
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1. Answer Any Questions That You Have
When you first decide to initiate divorce proceedings with your spouse, you will likely have many questions about the process. You may have questions about property division, what will happen to the children involved, whether you are entitled to child support, or what type of outcome is reasonable for your divorce. Your family law attorney should be able to answer any questions that you have and use their experience and skills to make you feel at ease.
2. Offers Honest Legal Advice
In answering any questions you have about the divorce process, your attorney should offer strong legal guidance about your situation and advise you on the outcome most likely for your case. An experienced attorney will use their legal knowledge and experience with divorce cases in Texas to offer you honest legal advice, whether the advice is favorable or not.
Your divorce lawyer should advise you on what a realistic outcome will be, including whether you will be entitled to marital property, the legal fees of a divorce, how long the proceedings will take, what is required of you during court proceedings, and what type of arrangement is in your best interests.
3. Offers Advice on Issues Involving Children
If you and your spouse have children together or if there are children involved in your relationship, it is important that your attorney can help you with any child custody or child support issues. An experienced divorce attorney will ensure to protect the best interests of your children, which means ensuring that any custody issues are resolved in their favor. If the child is old enough, divorce attorneys should consult with them about their preference, as they may prefer to live with one parent over the other.
A good attorney should listen to your opinion on the situation but ultimately help you prioritize the child’s best interest. In relation to support payments, the other spouse that does not have primary custody of the child will have to make payments each month that are in line with what the child needs and the income they take home each month. A divorce lawyer can help negotiate a fair arrangement and try to ensure that you can still afford the child’s school and extra-curricular activities with the support arrangement.
4. Can Help With Domestic Violence Cases
If you were the victim of domestic violence or abuse during the course of your relationship, it is important that you hire a divorce attorney with experience handling these types of cases. The first thing a good divorce lawyer should do is make sure that you and any children are safe from your abusive spouse. They can help you get a protection or barring order for you and your children and ensure that your safety is made a top priority during proceedings.
Attorneys understand how difficult it is to go through a divorce when you have been a victim of domestic abuse. They will ensure to protect your rights, make you feel safe, and take over the case on your behalf to protect you from suffering further trauma.
5. Guides You Through The Divorce Process
A good divorce lawyer should guide you through the divorce process, offering an open ear when needed, and ensure that you are fully informed throughout the process. Divorce proceedings can be quite complicated and your divorce lawyer can help you understand what is needed of you. They can help you with court dates, filling out and filing documentation, understanding the legal process, putting forward decree proposals, and more.
Sometimes, having a divorce attorney who understands your situation and the challenges you face is the most important factor. You should feel confident communicating with your attorney about the issues that you face, and comfortable talking about personal aspects of your life. The attorney-client relationship that you build together should involve trust, compassion, and care. It is important that you feel secure with your attorney and trust that they will always protect your rights.
6. Protects Your Best Interests
A good lawyer should always protect your best interest throughout all stages of the case. Many people worry about what will happen to their life and their financial situation after a divorce. If you relied on your spouse during the marriage financially, for example, if you worked as the primary caregiver of your children, you may be worried about asset division and whether you will be able to maintain your lifestyle after a divorce.
Your lawyer should do everything to ensure that any arrangement or settlement made is in your best interest. Any property purchased during the course of your marriage is community property, meaning that this property will be divided equally between both spouses. If you have no independent financial means, a divorce lawyer could help arrange spousal support that can help you start a new chapter of your life after a divorce.
7. Prioritizes Mediation
The last thing that most spouses going through a divorce want is to end things on bad terms, especially if the decision to get a divorce was mutual and amicable. Bringing divorce cases through the court legal system can often create tension and be difficult for children. Achieving a fair divorce settlement through negotiation and mediation is the top priority for most couples.
The divorce lawyers from our law firm always prioritize mediation and many clients have been surprised at what they can achieve by sitting down with their ex-spouse and negotiating. Of course, mediation is not a feasible option for a lot of our clients, and our firm would never force clients into mediation when it is not desirable. If necessary, our divorce attorneys are happy to engage in litigation and bring the divorce case through the court. Our lawyers have significant trial experience and know how to fight in court to ensure that your rights are protected and a fair agreement is achieved.
8. Helps With Legal Paperwork
One of the most stressful things for many of our clients going through a divorce is the amount of paperwork that they must submit. Divorces involve a significant amount of paperwork, whether it is evidence of financial income, evidence of domestic abuse, proof of property ownership, or documents relating to the divorce, it can all become quite overwhelming. This is particularly overwhelming when you have no legal professional knowledge and no prior experience with divorce issues.
A divorce lawyer will be able to help you with any paperwork involved in your divorce. They can provide legal help by explaining what documentation is required, helping you gather documentation, helping you fill out forms and letters, and filing submissions and documentation to the court. Your attorney should make you feel at ease with any documentation and ensure that you do not feel overwhelmed.
9. Can Help You With Contested Divorce Proceedings
After many years of marriage, trying to come to a civil agreement regarding all marital issues, including the division of assets and child custody issues can be quite difficult. One spouse may have completely different ideas about what they would want after a divorce than the other spouse. As such, it is often uncommon for couples to have an uncontested divorce where everything is amicable.
Going through a contested divorce can be difficult and it is important that your interests are protected going through this process. Having an attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected while going through a contested divorce and that your desires are effectively communicated to the Judge in your case. Your lawyer will represent your interests and ensure that your voice is heard and listened to throughout your divorce.
Divorce Lawyers at Skillern Law Firm
At Skillern Firm, we have been helping clients through divorces for many years and our lawyers have significant experience with all family law matters. At our law firm, we know that all divorces are unique and that each one requires individual care and legal help. Each new client that comes into our firm gets equal importance given to their case and you can be confident that your divorce case will be treated with the highest standard of care.
The attorneys at our law firm are highly experienced and have won many awards for their dedication to family law. Our managing attorney, Matthew Skillern, our firm partner, John Schmude, and our senior counsel, Robin Klein, have been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, which is awarded to only 1% of family lawyers. All of our lawyers have been rated highly on AVVO and many have been ranked on the Super Lawyers rating service.
How Can a Divorce Attorney Help?
A divorce lawyer should make you feel at ease going through a divorce and ensure that your interests are protected at all costs. A divorce is an extremely tough and personal time for many people in Texas and having a good lawyer that offers compassionate and strong legal advice can make this process much easier.
At Skillern Firm, we know how difficult it is to go through a divorce and we understand the unique challenges that our clients face. We have been helping clients with divorce cases and family law issues for many years and we have built up a strong attorney-client relationship due to our hard work and dedication.
We can help you feel at ease navigating a divorce, offer you strong legal advice, represent your best interest, and protect your rights. Whether through mediation or at a Texas court, we will help ensure that you get the best possible outcome for your case.