Call Us Today | Fort Worth | Grapevine (817) 332-2202                       Take The Next Step!

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.

Be Honest

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.

Provide Documentation

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.

Contact Us Today To Meet With A Family Law Attorney

FORT WORTH OFFICE

GRAPEVINE OFFICE

FORT WORTH OFFICE
2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218
FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE ADDRESS
128 E. TX. Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

PHONE

(817) 332-2202

FORT WORTH OFFICE 2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218 FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE OFFICE 128 E. TX. Street Grapevine, TX 76051

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

Most Texas divorce lawyers are dedicated professionals doing the best they can in challenging cases. But the client is still the boss. You deserve a Texas divorce lawyer you trust, and if you don’t feel you’re getting that, it may be time to look elsewhere. Before you do, take a moment to contemplate whether the problem is your lawyer, or a mismatch in expectations. Then consider these five reasons to fire your divorce lawyer:

  • Your lawyer has violated your confidentiality, taken actions to undermine your case, or shared personal information with the other side without your consent.
  • Your lawyer does not understand or agree with your parenting style. You need an attorney who understands how you parent your child, and why you make the decisions you do.
  • Your lawyer has been unfair in their billing practices, or has engaged in bait and switch tactics. For example, you don’t know what you’re being billed for, are being billed at a higher rate than you were originally promised, you’re being billed for work you haven’t seen, or you think your lawyer is engaging in busy work to artificially inflate your bill.
  • Your lawyer is cruel to you or your family. A good lawyer will tell you when you’re wrong and recommend an alternative approach. But your lawyer should not berate you, insult you, or threaten you. To save time, your lawyer might encourage you to be more succinct or tell you when it’s time to move onto another topic. But your lawyer should not tell you to shut up or refuse to listen to anything you say.
  • Your lawyer has missed filing or other deadlines and, in so doing, endangered your case. If this happens, you might have a case for legal malpractice, and may need a lawyer who specializes in this issue.

Contact Us Today To Meet With A Family Law Attorney

FORT WORTH OFFICE

GRAPEVINE OFFICE

FORT WORTH OFFICE
2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218
FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE ADDRESS
128 E. TX. Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

PHONE

(817) 332-2202

FORT WORTH OFFICE 2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218 FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE OFFICE 128 E. TX. Street Grapevine, TX 76051

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

A good lawyer can make a huge difference in your Texas divorce case. But a good lawyer can only go so far. The facts of your case matter, too, which means that much of the outcome is determined before you even hire your lawyer. It’s your lawyer’s job to present your case in as favorable a light as possible. It’s your job to present your attorney with a case that is winnable.

These five simple strategies can greatly improve your odds of prevailing in your Texas divorce:

  • Document everything. Your word is worth very little, but evidence is worth a lot. Photos, email and chat logs, and phone recordings can all help your case. When you can’t record something, take diligent notes.
  • Prove that you’re reliable. Your word is worth nothing if you show up late or are proven a liar in court. Show that you’re honest.
  • Consider your case from the perspective of an outsider. Know that things must be explained in this way, and prepare to address any liabilities an outsider might notice.
  • Behave as the person you want to be seen as. Good parents don’t curse at each other in court or threaten one another in front of their children. Be the bigger person, particularly when you’re in front of a judge or jury.
  • Don’t focus on things that don’t matter. If your lawyer tells you something is irrelevant, it is. Your ex’s shopping habits, for example, probably have nothing to do with child custody—even if those habits were a sticking point in your marriage. Remain focused on the topics that really matter, and don’t distract the judge or jury with long rants, irrelevant details, or attempts to assassinate your ex’s character.

Contact Us Today To Meet With A Family Law Attorney

FORT WORTH OFFICE

GRAPEVINE OFFICE

FORT WORTH OFFICE
2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218
FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE ADDRESS
128 E. TX. Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

PHONE

(817) 332-2202

FORT WORTH OFFICE 2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218 FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE OFFICE 128 E. TX. Street Grapevine, TX 76051

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

We’ve all heard that the legal system caters to people with money, but the reality is a lot more complicated than that. In Texas child custody cases, money can be an advantage, to be sure. It won’t, however, determine custody. There is no explicit provision in Texas law giving any priority to the parent who makes more money. So if you don’t earn a large income, take heart. There’s no reason to believe you can’t get custody of your child.

Can the Court Consider Income?

Texas law doesn’t give any preference to the parent who makes more money, and a judge will likely not directly consider income. Money can, however, be an advantage because it allows you provide your child with more resources. In this way, courts can look at income. A parent who can’t meet his or her child’s minimal needs may be at a disadvantage. For example, if you can’t afford to live on your own or to fund quality child care, this may weigh against you. But if you can meet your child’s basic needs, it is unlikely that your income will directly weigh on child custody decisions.

Why Money is an Advantage

The fact that judges don’t consider income as a primary factor in a child’s best interests doesn’t mean it’s irrelevant. Money is a significant advantage because it allows you to fight more aggressively for custody. People with money can afford to hire pricey experts. They can afford to pay expensive lawyers and litigate to the death.

Not all good lawyers come at bankruptcy-inducing rates, though. The best lawyers will be economical with your money, use your resources wisely, and advise you about which strategies are most likely to be effective. Be honest with your attorney about your financial needs, and he or she will be better equipped to work within the constraints you set.

Contact Us Today To Meet With A Family Law Attorney

FORT WORTH OFFICE

GRAPEVINE OFFICE

FORT WORTH OFFICE
2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218
FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE ADDRESS
128 E. TX. Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

PHONE

(817) 332-2202

FORT WORTH OFFICE 2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218 FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE OFFICE 128 E. TX. Street Grapevine, TX 76051

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

When a judge seems biased against you during a Texas divorce, the entire process can be miserable. You might feel like you’re doomed to lose no matter what you do, and that all the money you’ve spent on a lawyer counts for nothing. It’s no wonder, then, that we often hear from people who want to file complaints against unfair or biased judges. The process, however, can be onerous. And filing a complaint against a judge is rarely wise. Here’s what you need to know.

Do You Really Want to Complain?

Before you go any further, think long and hard about whether you want to start a fight with a judge. It’s a fight you’ll almost certainly lose, and the loss can cost you dearly in your case. Moreover, what feels like bias might not be. When someone evaluates your life from the outside, it’s easy to feel like you’re a victim of bias. In reality, the judge just might not see things your way. Talk things over with an unbiased third party before doing anything.

Appeals: A Better Option

The ultimate purpose of going to court is to win your case—not to fight with a judge. So if you think the judge has been unfair, talk to your lawyer about whether an appeal or motion for reconsideration is a good idea. If your case isn’t finished yet, then there’s definitely no reason to fight with the judge. Ask your lawyer to carefully preserve any errors for the record, so that you can appeal later if necessary.

When a Judge is Truly Out of Line

But what if a judge is truly out of line, by berating you, intruding upon your personal life, or clearly expressing bias? Even then, that’s most often something for an appeals court to deal with. Even when it’s not, don’t try to go it alone. You need a lawyer, and you need one now. Attorneys have experience working with biased and unfair judges. People who represent themselves often make their case weaker.

Contact Us Today To Meet With A Family Law Attorney

FORT WORTH OFFICE

GRAPEVINE OFFICE

FORT WORTH OFFICE
2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218
FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE ADDRESS
128 E. TX. Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

PHONE

(817) 332-2202

FORT WORTH OFFICE 2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218 FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE OFFICE 128 E. TX. Street Grapevine, TX 76051

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

Divorcing people already feel highly vulnerable. So when a lawyer refuses to continue representing you, it’s easy to feel adrift in a sea of confusion. Your lawyer can fire you, but only under the right circumstances.

Why a Lawyer Doesn’t Have to Represent You

Lawyers are selling a service, just like most other professionals. And they cannot be forced to sell that service, which means that—in most cases—an attorney cannot be compelled to represent a client. Your attorney can leave your case if he or she feels they can no longer represent you.

When Can a Lawyer Fire a Client?

Your attorney can stop representing you, even for no clear reason, if you have time to find suitable substitute counsel. If your attorney feels they can no longer represent you in good conscience, he or she might not have to give as much notice. But in most cases, the court will look at how much time you’ve been given to find substitute counsel before deciding whether or not to let a lawyer leave your case.

Why Can a Lawyer Fire a Client?

Your lawyer can fire you for any reason, or for no reason at all, if you have enough time to find suitable substitute counsel. However, an attorney cannot use a threat to fire you to get you to do certain things, such as settle your case. If you owe the lawyer money, your attorney must give you reasonable time to pay, and cannot drop you immediately prior to a trial or other important development in the case. But a lawyer cannot be compelled to represent a client who doesn’t pay. So even if there’s good reason for your nonpayment, your lawyer can drop you if he or she gives you sufficient notice.

It will be up to the judge in your case to determine what constitutes sufficient notice. In many cases, fighting over the cause of the termination is not worth it, because doing so makes you look bad to the court and erodes your relationship with your lawyer.

Contact Us Today To Meet With A Family Law Attorney

FORT WORTH OFFICE

GRAPEVINE OFFICE

FORT WORTH OFFICE
2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218
FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE ADDRESS
128 E. TX. Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

PHONE

(817) 332-2202

FORT WORTH OFFICE 2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218 FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE OFFICE 128 E. TX. Street Grapevine, TX 76051

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

We’ve all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. That village can also damage a child, but in most cases, your “village” of extended friends and family won’t affect your Texas child custody case. Here’s what you need to know about the role your family might play.

Can My Family Hurt My Case?

Almost everyone has relatives who have made questionable decisions. Maybe these relatives have even been a source of conflict in your marriage. In most cases, you don’t need to worry about them, no matter how much your ex threatens to use your brother’s drug addiction or your mother’s mental illness against you. What matters is what is in the best interests of your child—not who has more skeletons in their family’s closet.

The only exception to this rule occurs when your family undermines your child’s safety. For example, if you live with a dangerous relative or will leave your child with a parent who is unsafe, your ex might be able to make this an issue at trial.

Can My Family Testify Against Me?

Anyone who has facts relevant to the case can be called as a witness, and that includes your family. Your ex may ask them questions that make them or you look bad, or may cross-examine them in a way that makes them seem less credible. The best way to reduce the damage this causes is to prepare your family for testimony well in advance of a court hearing.

What About My Family’s Right to See My Child?

For all practical purposes, grandparents and other extended family members have very few rights in Texas child custody cases. If you’re able to care for your child, your family won’t be able to seek custody. Their relationship with your child, however, might play a role in your custody case. If you can show that only one parent will work to preserve your child’s relationship with their extended family, this weighs in your favor.

Contact Us Today To Meet With A Family Law Attorney

FORT WORTH OFFICE

GRAPEVINE OFFICE

FORT WORTH OFFICE
2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218
FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE ADDRESS
128 E. TX. Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

PHONE

(817) 332-2202

FORT WORTH OFFICE 2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218 FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE OFFICE 128 E. TX. Street Grapevine, TX 76051

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

Most state bar associations prohibit attorneys from dating or having sex with their clients. Texas is not among them—welcome news to divorcing people attracted to their lawyers. That means if you and your lawyer have sex, neither you nor he or she can get into legal trouble. But is it a good idea? Here’s why you should think twice before dating your lawyer.

The Perils of Mixing Business and Pleasure

Many of the dangers of dating your lawyer are the same as dating a co-worker. It muddles your interests, and puts you both in an awkward position. Some of the many concerns include:

  • How you’ll manage your case if you break up.
  • Whether you’ll expect to be prioritized or get a discount over other clients.
  • To what extent your romantic relationship might color your lawyer’s view of your case, or his or her ability to make intelligent professional judgments.

Conflicts of Interest

If your romantic relationship with a divorce lawyer created a conflict of interest, then it could become a legal issue. For instance, dating your ex’s lawyer inevitably creates a conflict of interest, even after the case ends, so can land the lawyer in serious trouble. Likewise, if something about your relationship with your lawyer undermines their ability to represent you, this could be a conflict of interest—something that could subject him or her to state bar discipline.

How Long to Wait

What if you and your lawyer are no longer in a professional relationship? Or your case is almost done and you’re hoping to get a date? The risks of dating your lawyer when your case have been resolve are much lower—if, and only if, you’re not going to need your lawyer again. Consider waiting six months or so until the final disposition of your case. Then, if you still feel the same, give it a go.

Contact Us Today To Meet With A Family Law Attorney

FORT WORTH OFFICE

GRAPEVINE OFFICE

FORT WORTH OFFICE
2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218
FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE ADDRESS
128 E. TX. Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

PHONE

(817) 332-2202

FORT WORTH OFFICE 2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218 FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE OFFICE 128 E. TX. Street Grapevine, TX 76051

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

It’s no secret that gender discrimination is real, and in most contexts, it disproportionately affects women. But in child custody cases, dads often come out the loser, thanks to outdated notions suggesting only women can competently care for children. Dads pursuing a custody fight during a Texas divorce should take heart, knowing that it is possible to win. Here are three vital facts you need to know.

The Law is Gender Neutral—Judges Might Not Be

Texas law gives no preference to either sex in child custody decisions. Instead, all decisions are based on what’s in the child’s best interests. Of course, most laws are gender neutral, but that doesn’t stop discrimination. Judges may have subtle biases that color their perceptions. And because the judge has broad discretion, you’ll be better served if you manage these biases rather than trying to fight the judge.

Involved Dads Win

Because child custody decisions are based on the child’s best interests, judges want to ensure that parents who are involved and competent get custody. That means that dads who have a long history of involvement—who know the teachers, go to games, know how to care for any special medical needs, and who make sacrifices at work and at home for their children—are more likely to get custody. Stay involved and document it. Don’t force your partner to be the primary caregiver, or your chances of getting custody are slim.

Fighting for Custody Requires Skill

Some dads believe they are the only person who can best represent their interests. That’s not true. The legal system is complex. Miss a deadline and you could lose your case. Present your evidence in the wrong way, and your case could be severely undermined. You need a lawyer who knows father’s rights inside and out. Don’t gamble with your children’s future and your relationship with them.

Contact Us Today To Meet With A Family Law Attorney

FORT WORTH OFFICE

GRAPEVINE OFFICE

FORT WORTH OFFICE
2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218
FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE ADDRESS
128 E. TX. Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

PHONE

(817) 332-2202

FORT WORTH OFFICE 2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218 FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE OFFICE 128 E. TX. Street Grapevine, TX 76051

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

There’s nothing more painful than losing custody of your children, or seeing your time with your children reduced. If you’re hoping for a child custody modification, a few strategies can help. Consult your lawyer first, then consider one or more of the following:

  • Show that you’re capable of spending more time with your child by showing up for more events and becoming more involved at school.
  • Show that there has been a change in your child’s needs, and that you are better equipped to address those needs.
  • Address concerns the court raised about your ability to care for your children. For example, if you have untreated depression, seek treatment.
  • Ensure your home is a safe place for your child, with easy access to his or her school, Church, and preferred extracurricular activities.
  • Show a commitment to better parenting by taking a parenting class.
  • Find ways to support your child and cultivate a good relationship. This is especially important if your child did not want to live with you.
  • Become more cooperative in your relationship with your ex. This is in your child’s best interests, and the court will look at the extent to which you were willing to cooperatively work with your ex.
  • Pay child support on time. The court can’t deny you visitation because of back child support, but refusing to pay child support makes it look like you don’t care for your children.
  • Continue to show up for regular visitation. Don’t make visitation an all or nothing proposition.
  • Read up on effective parenting, then implement those practices. Don’t spank your child, drink around him or her, or subject your child to an endless stream of new dating partners. Good parents get custody.

Contact Us Today To Meet With A Family Law Attorney

FORT WORTH OFFICE

GRAPEVINE OFFICE

FORT WORTH OFFICE
2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218
FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE ADDRESS
128 E. TX. Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

PHONE

(817) 332-2202

FORT WORTH OFFICE 2630 WEST FREEWAY, SUITE 218 FORT WORTH, TX 76102

GRAPEVINE OFFICE 128 E. TX. Street Grapevine, TX 76051

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.