How to Find the Best Family Law Attorney for Your Colorado Divorce

February 28, 2019 | Bill Henry

Family law is one of the most complicated and difficult-to-navigate legal arenas, which is why it is important to find is the best family law attorney for your unique matter.

You Deserve the Best Family Law Attorney for Your Case

Our team of family law attorneys helps individuals with a variety of legal needs. Family law covers a wide range of issues, and sometimes they overlap in one case.

Common Family Law Matters

    • Divorce. This is the most common type of family law case. Every marriage’s worst nightmare is death by divorce. According to the CDC, every year about 18,000 marriages in Colorado end in exactly this manner. That’s about 48%. Divorce comes with many other considerations. If you have children, custody and child support will be major concerns. Alimony may also be involved.
    • Paternity. Either parent can request a family court to verify their child’s paternity. This permanently and legally establishes who is (or isn’t) that child’s father.
    • Child Custody. One of the most important aspects of a divorce with children, custody determines who oversees taking care of a minor. There are differences between legal custody and physical custody. Custody includes provisions on parenting time, parental decision-making, and child support.
    • Protection Orders. Victims of domestic violence can petition the court to protect them from their abuser. Domestic violence and divorce are frequently intertwined.
    • Name Changes. Children and adults are allowed to change their names for a multitude of reasons through a name change case.
    • Parental Termination/Adoption. In serious cases, children can be removed from their parents’ care for reasons, such as abandonment, abuse, or neglect. On the flip side, someone, such as a stepparent, can become a child’s legal parent through adoption.
    • Post-Decree Modification. These cases commonly involve requested changes to parenting time, parental decision-making, child support, and alimony after your divorce is finalized.

Find the Best Family Law Attorney for You

With so many family law attorneys and firms to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one is the best family law attorney for your unique case.

Attorneys have different levels of experience. Some focus their practice on certain issues. Others have considerable knowledge across the entire family law spectrum. No matter what, your attorney should:

    • have experience in cases like yours.
    • not break the bank
    • be able to give your case the attention it needs
    • come with the endorsement of previous clients

Characteristics of Good Representation

Honest

A family law attorney’s success is based on their integrity. Honesty about the facts of the case, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of your position, is critical.

An attorney who manages your expectations rationally and plainly should be preferred over one who gives false hope or expectations. A falsely optimistic attorney will lead you directly into a disaster.

Ethical

Indeed, the best family law attorney is ethical. They don’t advise their clients to do unethical things to gain an edge in a case, and they don’t do unethical things themselves.

According to the American Bar Association, family law receives more legal ethics complaints than any other legal practice.

Family law attorneys are often given charge over their clients’ finances, and they have to make hard decisions that affect people’s lives.

Advocate

Lawyers with the utmost morals and integrity are passionate advocates for their clients, and it’s usually not hard to find someone who will independently advocate for their character and the results it gets.

Communicative

Your attorney should be a good communicator. There will be a lot of information to sift through as your case progresses. There will be deadlines to meet and important actions you need to complete.

Make sure you find someone who translates the law into something you can understand. Don’t hesitate to expect clear communication from your legal representation at all times.

Compassionate

Family law clients need an empathetic attorney. Family law deals with and affects the lives of real people, and the decisions have life-long consequences for multiple individuals.

Heartbreak, animosity, conflict, emotional suffering, and despair are common emotions in a family law case. While it’s important that your family law attorney attends to the tasks of your case, a truly skilled lawyer focuses on their client who relies on him or her to do what’s best for them.

Your attorney will understand what you’re going through, and help you get through the inevitable emotions you must face. Attorneys are people too, and the best family law attorney takes ownership of the legal aspects of their clients’ cases, as well as the human costs.

Patient

Your family is already going through an incredibly difficult time, and your lawyer should be your counsel. Prudent counsel is calm, collected, and stoic in the face of attacks, obstacles, or difficulties.

The best family law attorney is compassionate without being hotheaded, and you should be able to rely on him or her to keep it together if or when you can’t.

Experienced

Family law is fraught with the unknown because every case is unique. While an attorney can practice family law for 50 years, they still may not have seen it all, so to speak. However, a team of attorneys is more likely to have seen something similar to your case.

Experienced family law attorneys also have invaluable litigation skills. They know what documents and motions to submit and how to prepare them. Believe it or not, many family law cases are decided on by the judge before you even walk into court. That decision will be based on the paperwork your attorney submits.

Supportive

You may find a family law attorney who has all of the above-listed traits, but if he or she is constantly tied up and is unable to give your matter the attention it needs, your case will suffer.

Of course, it’s impossible for your attorney to be available to take your call 100 percent of the time, but the right attorney will have a supportive team available to you.

Our Family Law Team

The best family law attorney might be among the team of compassionate attorneys at Robinson & Henry. Our team of family law attorneys can meet any family law matter you may have, from divorce and alimony to child support and asset division. Their combined experience is a deep pool of knowledge that is available to you when preparing your case.

Unlike other firms, our attorneys focus entirely on practicing law. They do not manage payrolls, answer phones all day, or handle day-to-day business operations.

With plenty of support staff, Robinson and Henry’s attorneys are poised to focus their undivided attention on their cases.

Signs of an Unsuitable Family Lawyer or Firm

Nobody is perfect, but there are some signs that indicate an attorney is not right for your case.

Most attorneys offer some sort of initial assessment. Take this time to determine whether that attorney or his or her firm will be a good fit for you.

Too Busy for You

A critical problem with a lawyer who probably won’t be right for you: he or she has too much going on.

If you’ve already hired an attorney, do they answer their phone? If not, do they return your calls in a reasonable time frame?

Your attorney should be able to talk to you when you need them. Similarly, not responding to emails is a sign their caseload is too heavy, or, perhaps the attorney is a poor manager of time.

Misses Deadlines

If your attorney misses a deadline, watch out. If they miss a court-appointed deadline, it’s a bad sign that they are overworked, stressed, or allowing fundamental things to slip through their fingers.

Do not stick with incompetent representation.

Makes Promises

Some attorneys will say anything to get your case. Be wary of any lawyer who promises you a certain outcome in your case, no matter how likely the outcome seems.

It’s unprofessional for attorneys to guarantee an outcome.

Strange Billing

Baffling billing practices are a red flag. Do not be afraid to ask questions about your bills.

Also, be sure you understand what is expected of you as a client, particularly financial expectations. Carefully read any agreements before you sign them.

Our Philosophy 

Robinson and Henry understands the complex and sensitive nature of family law. We have established a team of experienced, skilled, and empathetic attorneys who are poised to handle each case with care and understanding. Meet Our Family Law Team

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