Categories: Austin Family Law Blog, Divorce, State Laws, Uncontested Divorce
When is the best time to hire an attorney? The answer to this question really depends on a number of factors. If you have been sued and have received divorce or custody papers, you should strongly consider hiring an attorney right away. If you have a court date already set you should contact an attorney immediately and not attend the hearing without an attorney. Unfortunately, it is very common for someone to go to a divorce or custody hearing without an attorney just to "see how it goes". As you might imagine it often does not turn out as expected and the unrepresented person is left scrambling to try and find an attorney that can help– after some damage has already been done. This outcome should be avoided if at all possible.
If you have not received any papers but are contemplating filing for divorce or custody you may have some more breathing room. Keep in mind that unless there is an emergency it is unlikely you will hire an attorney and the lawsuit will be filed all in the same day. So, if for some reason you are wanting to move through the litigation process quickly, you should consider contacting an attorney as soon as possible. Keep in mind that a divorce will take at least sixty-one (61) days and custody cases can drag on for many months depending on the circumstances.
Consider contacting an attorney if you have received divorce or custody papers, or if you are contemplating filing for divorce or custody. One of the attorney at Zinda Law Group will be happy to answer any questions you have about the process and about hiring a qualified attorney.