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8 Tips for Choosing The Right Dallas Divorce Attorney

One of the most important decisions when it comes to a divorce is choosing the right divorce attorney. In the Dallas metroplex alone, there are hundreds of lawyers who claim to handle divorce cases. With so many to choose from, the decision can be overwhelming – but choosing the right divorce attorney can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.

The following list of tips will help you understand your options and what’s important for your particular situation, so you’re able to make the right decision when choosing a lawyer:

1. Make sure the attorney specializes in family law

Every lawyer has an area of specialization, so it’s important to choose someone who has extensive experience in divorce. Many lawyers practice in many different areas, covering a wide variety of cases. Think of it this way – if you needed open heart surgery, would you prefer the ER doctor who’s participated in a few emergency surgeries, or an experienced cardiologist who has performed hundreds of heart surgeries?

2. Do your homework

Don’t simply drop a large deposit with the first attorney you talk to. Do your homework – research options online, then meet with a few attorneys. Every divorce attorney offers a free consultation, so take advantage and talk to several. You need to choose an experienced lawyer who you can trust.

3. Don’t assume that you need a same-gender lawyer

Men tend to assume they need a male divorce attorney, just as women assume they need a female. Your lawyer’s gender will not affect the outcome of your case. It’s more important to work with an attorney who you trust, and who will fight aggressively for your rights.

4. Talk to friends who have divorced

While it might be a bit of an awkward conversation, but if you have friends or local family members who have gone through a divorce, their experience can be extremely helpful. If they had a great divorce attorney, they’ll be happy to let you know.

5. Higher prices don’t guarantee a better divorce attorney

While “you get what you pay for” holds true in many cases, it’s not always true with attorneys. Dallas is a competitive market for divorce attorneys, and many times the larger firms will charge more than the smaller boutique firms. You want an attorney who’ll take the time to get to know you and fight for what you deserve, and you’ll almost always get more personal service at the smaller firms.

6. Choose a local Dallas divorce attorney

Many lawyers get licensed to practice law in different states, and even more will practice in many cities in their area. It’s important to choose an attorney who is thoroughly familiar with the laws and regulations in the Dallas area – and who has a familiarity with local judges and court officials.

7. Choose an attorney who’s a good negotiator

Ideally, you should be able to settle your divorce case without going to court. If you find an attorney who’s good at negotiation, you can avoid a more drawn out (and much more expensive) court case.

8. Choose an attorney who’s a mediator

If your divorce will be uncontested and your and your spouse agree on most issues, divorce mediation can be a much easier and much more cost-effective solution than a standard divorce case. If your attorney is an experienced divorce mediator and you agree to mediation, you’ll save significant time and money.

If you have any other questions about choosing the right Dallas divorce attorney, give us a call at (214) 849-1905 today to schedule a free consultation. We’re an experienced firm who will fight aggressively for what you deserve, and we also specialize in divorce mediation.

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