How Do I Find The Best Divorce Attorney?
Going through a divorce is a very difficult process. You may be facing custody issues, trying to divide property and be under serious emotional strain. Not many divorces are straightforward, and there is often a lot of back and forth between the parties involved to try and find the best solution.
Finding a good divorce lawyer is the most crucial aspect of any divorce case, as it can help minimize costs, speed up the process, and ensure that you get a fair settlement. When trying to find the right divorce lawyer, you should focus on finding an attorney with experience and a proven track record of winning cases.
Here at Skillern Firm, we primarily practice divorce and family law, and we are highly experienced in dealing with divorce proceedings.
Whether you are dealing with family law and child custody or trying to negotiate a fair settlement, we have divorce attorneys who are experienced with it all. We will negotiate and mediate with your ex-spouse’s attorney to try and reach an agreement outside of court, but if necessary, we will take your case to court and fight to ensure you get the settlement you deserve.
Call our law office today at 936-213-8479 to schedule an initial consultation with one of our divorce lawyers.
Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer?
The divorce process does not always run smoothly. Most times, former spouses must try to reach agreements about their property, child support, custody of children, and more.
Sometimes, the divorce process can get quite messy, particularly when ex-spouses do not agree on certain matters and are unwilling to compromise. It can be hard to negotiate effectively when you have personal interests and emotions in the case.
Although it is not required by law to hire a divorce lawyer in Texas, we highly recommend that you do. An attorney that has been practicing law for many years knows how to negotiate effectively and does not have any personal prejudice in your case. Their goal is to ensure that you, their client, get the best result possible in your case.
Even if you and your spouse seem to agree on all issues, you should consider whether you will still be happy with this agreement in a few years’s time. Divorce decrees are permanent and confer legal obligations on the parties involved. Getting good legal advice is a good idea, particularly when it relates to a divorce matter.
Further, a divorce lawyer will deal with all the paperwork for you, ensuring that documents and legislation are up to date. If the case goes to court, they will take responsibility for submitting documents, writing orders to the court, and ensuring that you have a strong case.
What Qualities do Good Divorce Lawyers Have?
Texas has a lot of divorce lawyers, so trying to find one that you trust to fight for your best interests can be difficult. When trying to the right divorce attorney, we recommend that you ask the following questions:
Do They Have Experience?
A good divorce attorney should have experience in dealing with divorce cases and family law. This experience should not just be limited to mediation, but should also include experience with court proceedings, including litigation, and experience in family law and child custody proceedings.
An attorney’s trial record will tell a lot about their skills. Regardless of whether you want to bring the case to court, a divorce attorney’s success rate will reflect their negotiation skills. A good attorney will be happy to show you their track record for divorce proceedings, and we recommend you steer clear of those who are reluctant to show you.
At Skillern Firm, we pride ourselves on having divorce attorneys who are highly experienced in managing the divorce legal process. Notably, our managing attorney, Matthew Skillern, has an AVVO score of 10.0, which is the highest rating attainable. Clients have given him this score based on his experience in divorce law, his awards, and his reputation for fighting to ensure the fairest possible outcome for all of his clients.
Are They Accessible?
The right lawyer for you will be an experienced divorce lawyer that lives and operates solely within Texas and is not overrun with a mountain of cases. Most divorce attorneys deal with more than one case at a time, and some well-known lawyers may have so many cases that they are unable to keep you in the loop as much as you would like.
It is important that you find a divorce lawyer that will be easily accessible when you need them, and that guarantees to remain in communication with you throughout your case.
Further, you need a divorce lawyer that will be available to negotiate your case in person and will not have to travel from a different state to put forward motions or speak with your ex-spouse’s attorney. Also, a local Texas attorney from our law firm knows a lot more about this state’s divorce laws than a national attorney does.
Do They Have Mediation and Negotiation Skills?
For most people going through a divorce, traditional litigation methods are viewed as a last resort. However, if you are going through a difficult divorce, you probably think that you and your ex-spouse could never sit down and come to an amicable agreement.
That is why you need a divorce lawyer that prioritizes mediation and negotiation over court proceedings. In many family law cases, divorce lawyers will go to court because they do not have the skills to achieve a collaborative divorce. However, the divorce lawyers from Skillern Firm prioritize mediation over litigation for the following reasons:
- It is a lot cheaper than going to court.
- Allows you to achieve a cordial relationship with your ex-spouse.
- Prevents any children involved from being affected by a messy court case.
- It is much faster. An experienced attorney will be able to negotiate a fair settlement between you and your ex-spouse much quicker than it would take in court.
- You have the opportunity to create personal arrangements with your ex-spouse that are not dictated by family law judges.
A divorce attorney’s job is to try and get you the fairest solution possible while avoiding causing unnecessary stress and financial strain on your family. Although you may think successful mediation is unlikely in your situation, you will be surprised to see what the divorce lawyers from our law firm are capable of.
Do They Have The Same Values As Me?
The best attorney for you is someone who has the same values. Many attorneys are good at negotiating divorce cases, however, not all will take the time to consider what is most important to you.
You should find a divorce attorney that prioritizes what is most important to you, and takes all of your feelings into account. Divorce is an emotional process, and it is important that you have a supportive and good lawyer by your side.
Do They Specialize in Family Law Issues?
Most divorce lawyers will have knowledge of many areas of law. However, lawyers who are the best in their field should specialize in the area of law which they practice, in this case, family law.
It is important that you seek the help of a family law attorney who deals only with family and divorce legal issues, as they will have the most knowledge and experience in this field. Lawyers who offer legal services in a wide range of fields such as criminal law, personal injury law, and immigration, will unlikely lack the expertise needed to effectively fight your case.
All of our attorneys at Skillern Firm deal solely with divorce and family law matters. As such, we have the knowledge and skills necessary to get you a desirable outcome in your family law case.
Do We Get Along?
Sometimes people underestimate the importance of having a good relationship with your attorney. Trust us when we say that this is something you should place high importance on.
Your divorce lawyer will be dealing with a very personal part of your life, and you should feel comfortable disclosing all information relating to your case to your attorney. It can be difficult to do this if you do not have a comfortable relationship.
It is important that you schedule an initial consultation with potential attorneys before proceeding with your case.
Do They Have Experience Dealing With Domestic Violence?
If you were the victim of domestic violence during your marriage, it is extremely important that you get help from a divorce lawyer who has experience dealing with domestic violence cases.
The most important thing in cases like yours is to ensure that you feel safe, and that you and your children are no longer in danger. A divorce attorney from our firm can apply to the court for an order or injunction to prevent your ex-spouse from contacting you or being near you and your kids.
The right divorce lawyer will ensure that all safety considerations are taken into account and that your case is dealt with in a sensitive and appropriate manner.
How Do I Find the Best Divorce Attorney?
The best divorce attorney should be someone that first and foremost cares about you and your case. After that, the right attorney should be highly experienced in dealing with divorces and family law, and have skills not only in litigating cases in court, but also in mediating and negotiating cases.
At Skillern Firm, we deal solely with family and divorce law matters. Our team is highly skilled in managing cases like yours, and we guarantee the highest standard of legal care. We try to avoid bringing divorce matters to court unless absolutely necessary. We value the importance of having a healthy relationship with your ex-spouse, which is why we prioritize negotiating a fair settlement first.
However, if you need to go to court to fight your case, we will be with you every step of the way. Our priority is ensuring that you get the fairest settlement possible and that you and your children’s rights are protected.
Schedule a consultation with Skillern Firm today by calling 936-213-8479.