Strategies for Effectively Communicating With Your Texas Divorce Lawyer
Effective communication with your divorce lawyer can mean the difference between working with a partner who truly understands your case, and constantly fighting to feel heard and understood. Here are a few simple strategies to ensure you get off on the right foot and stay there.
Outline Your Main Points
Before your first meeting with a lawyer, take some time to plan what you need to say. When you’re talking about your divorce, it’s easy to become emotional and let a flood of emotions come flowing out. Planning ahead of time ensures that you hit only the most important points. Outline what you need to say and stick to it. Save the rest for your friends or therapist.
Be Succinct and Wait for Follow-Ups
Time is money, and the more time you spend explaining yourself, the more difficult it becomes for your lawyer to grasp your main points. Stick only to the most important information, and avoid long details and tangents. Wait for follow-up questions. If your lawyer needs more information, he or she will ask.
No case is perfect, and every client has done things they regret. Trying to keep this from your lawyer is a terrible idea. Don’t hide things just because you’re ashamed, or insist on presenting yourself in the best light. When you lie to your lawyer, you weaken your case. Your attorney is bound by his or her ethics not to violate confidentiality, so you should feel comfortable sharing any and everything with him or her.
Evidence, not bald assertions, wins Texas divorce cases. Lawyers understand that it’s not possible to document every claim you make. But the more supporting evidence you can provide, the better. Just make sure the evidence says what you want it to. A text log doesn’t prove your ex verbally abused you; saved verbally abusive texts do.
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