Getting a divorce or modifying custody of your children raises many questions. One of the first being: Do I need an attorney?
Almost unanimously that answer is yes. Now, if you’re getting a divorce with no children and very little property and you and your soon to be ex are getting along amicably, agreeing to everything (Which begs the question: why divorce? But that’s not at issue here) you may be fortunate enough to do it yourself. And, there are plenty of online sites willing to help you with that.
Also, in Fort Worth, you may be able to get some help from the The Dell Dehay Law Library of Tarrant County. The friendly staff will point you in the right direction, but don’t expect them to give you legal advise or otherwise act as an attorney in any way. Think of them as your local librarian and you won’t expect more than they can offer.
If you choose to represent yourself, you must act as your own representative and you’ll be expected to know the rules of evidence, etc. It’s scary enough just being on the witness stand. You don’t want to go through this alone.
Now that you’ve decided you need an attorney, where do you find one? The Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association has a small list of attorney websites and The State Bar of Texas lists an attorney search feature which gives information about the attorney and any disciplinary sanctions within the past ten years. The State Bar of Texas also has other tools to assist you in your search for a lawyer.
Do a search of the Internet and phone book. Talk to your friends, relatives and neighbors who have had to hire attorneys.
One thing you want to make sure of is that you pick an attorney suited for your goals. If you want one that will go for the jugular and that’s really all you care about (rather than what’s really best for your children) you can find one of those.
If you want those who will help you work things out with as little wear and tear on you and your children, you can find those, too. Actually, the least damage you can do to your children through this process, the better.
Try doing a search for collaborative family law attorneys in Tarrant County. You’ll get a lot of hits. Basically in collaborative law, the attorneys and clients agree to reach fair agreements without fighting it out in court. Some cases won’t be fortunate enough to go that route, but for those of you who are able to, you’ll save time, money and you’ll definitely save yourself and your children stress.
*This article is not intended to offer legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult with an attorney.*