Family law involves many different areas of law. Unfortunately, not all lawyers are equally proficient in their knowledge of family law or in their ability to represent a client’s interests.
If children are involved be sure to find an attorney who is at least minimally familiar with issues related to possession, conservatorship, and child support.
If your case is a divorce your attorney should be familiar with property issues, including the ability to identify separate and community property, the ability to determine whether you are eligible for spousal maintenance, the ability to evaluate whether you have a claim for reimbursement, and the ability to evaluate your liability for debt acquired by you or your spouse both before and after marriage. A family law attorney should be familiar with whether your spouse is at fault in the marriage and explain the reasons for filing for a divorce based on fault.
It is important to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable about drafting final orders and decrees and ensure that he is capable of enforcing a final order.
One way to insure that you have capable representation is to look for certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is a mark of excellence certifying that an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law.