What to Ask a Divorce Attorney in an Initial Consultation in Texas

What to Ask a Divorce Attorney in an Initial Consultation in Texas

Dec 29, 2023
img

It’s smart to do some research before going in to interview a divorce lawyer about using their services. Before diving into what specific questions to ask, though, it might help you to know that 86% of couples who both have Texas divorce lawyers will willingly agree to a child custody plan without needing to go to trial. Even better news is that 82% of couples who both have divorce attorneys will end up agreeing to joint custody. 

Finding a lawyer who “gets you” and has the right credentials is an exciting possibility because it can have a huge impact on not just your future but also your child’s.

What to Expect During the Initial Consultation 

You can anticipate the following when you first meet with a divorce lawyer:   

  • Approach the meeting like you are interviewing the lawyer for the job of representing you in your divorce. 
  • A discussion about your rights, the divorce process, and other basic information 
  • Rapport-building. Do you like this person? Can you see yourself comfortably working with this person for six to twelve months or longer?

Interviewing a Divorce Attorney   

Before you meet with the lawyer, thoroughly read through his or her website, online reviews, and social media. If you see anything of interest or that concerns you, definitely mention it during the meeting. When you get face-to-face, ask the lawyer these questions: 

  • What aspects of my case will you personally be handling?
  • Do you have a paralegal or assistant? If so, what aspects of my case will that person be handling?
  • Do you know my ex? Is there any conflict of interest?  
  • Can I see a copy of your contract? Will I pay a retainer? Do you offer a flat fee? What is your hourly rate? 
  • Do you know my X and/or the attorney representing my X?   
  • Have you ever gone against my ex’s divorce lawyer? What do you know about or think of my ex’s lawyer?
  • Is your style more collaborative or more aggressive?   
  • How many divorces have you handled in Texas? How many of those divorces settled out of court?  
  • How much do you charge? Will I need to pay a retainer? Do you have a contract?

Bring Your Paperwork to the Consultation

Before the consultation, the attorney will instruct you on what to bring with you, if anything. The purpose of bringing the documents is so the divorce lawyer can give you a full overview of what your case might entail and provide any relevant insights or guidance. The divorce lawyer might ask for any of the following:

  • Proof of income/assets 
  • Tax returns 
  • Related legal documents (a restraining order, domestic violence warrant, etc). 
  • Marriage license 
  • Birth certificate 
  • Social worker/case worker/guardian ad litem reports 
  • Report cards 

Schedule Your Fort Worth Divorce Consultation Now

Mims, Ballew, & Hollingsworth is a Ft. Worth family law firm featuring experienced divorce lawyers, child custody attorneys, and more—this is what we do! We’d love to help you navigate your legal situation with compassion and confidence. To schedule your divorce consultation, use our web contact form today.

client-img

Constance Mims

Constance Mims has over fifteen years of experience practicing exclusively family law. Mrs. Mims is Board Certified in Family Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is Collaborative Law certified and is a shrewd negotiator, not to mention her experience in the most challenging child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, alimony, prenuptial agreements, and divorce issues, both in court and in the appellate arena.

Contact Us Today!

Put Our Team On Your Side

or call us at

817-900-8330

    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    I highly recommend this law firm. I have had Brian and Kelly both represent me in now three seperate cases. They are men of integrity that are very prompt to answer questions and get back to you on important matters. They have always been well organized and stayed on top of the important information relevant to my cases. ...

    Loyd Camp
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Timothy Alexander did an exceptional job handling my divorce case. He was extremely prepared, very informative, and he made sure I was always kept in the loop. His professionalism, guidance and empathy tremendously helped during what could have been a much more difficult time. I was so pleased with the final outcome and ...

    Donna DeTomaso
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Highly recommend this law firm. Andrew McAlester goes above and beyond for his clients. He’s very resourceful and prompt in communication. I always refer Mr. McAlester to my family and friends in their time of need because I trust his judgement and I know he has his clients well being at the forefront of everything.

    William Hawthorne
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Tim Alexander represented me during my divorce. His compassion, empathy and communication during the process helped keep additional stresses out of an already stressful situation.

    C Grucza
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    I highly recommend this firm. I mainly worked with Andrew McAlester. Andrew was super helpful and courteous during a very stressful situation that I found myself in. Thanks for everything!

    Dante Martinez
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Timothy Alexander is an amazing lawyer. He helped me with everything I needed to do to get my divorce final in a very short period of time. I always try to refer to him when anybody asks for a divorce lawyer. Thank you for everything you’ve done.

    Autumn Colson
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Kelly & Brian helped us in our child custody case and I am very pleased by their work. Our case ended up last almost 2 yrs due to COVID, however they were very easy to communicate with and constantly kept us up to date on our case and the courts. I would highly recommend them if you are needing a great custody lawyer ...

    James Homerstad
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Mr. Alexander was the utmost professional. He was timely in his communication and very thorough in his answers. His approach helped make a difficult situation tolerable. One thing I greatly appreciated is that he did not just tell me what I wanted to hear. He would offer suggestions and allow me to make the final decisio ...

    Heather Varon
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Kelly & Brian were amazing attorneys. I came to them when I really needed help with child custody issues, and they were committed to reaching the best possible outcome. I am writing this to express my most sincere thanks, and gratitude for their professionalism. They stuck by me through the last year in dealing with ...

    Misty Benson
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Things happen and you need someone to tell it to you straight. Andrew McAlester is someone I trust to help me navigate through these difficult times.

    Phuc Lam
#

This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Constance Mims who has over 15 years of experience practicing exclusively family law. Mrs. Mims is Board Certified in Family Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization..

Related Posts

locations

Areas we serve

area-1

Fort Worth, TX

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Southlake

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Flower Mound

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Keller

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Colleyville

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Trophy Club

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Grapevine

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

North Richland Hills

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Denton

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!