Insider Tips for Hiring the Top Divorce Attorney

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Best Divorce Lawyers in Houston

During a divorce, everything that matters most to you is at stake. That’s why it’s essential that you the best possible divorce attorneys to advocate for your interests.

If you’ve done a web search for good divorce lawyers in Houston, you might see a lot of divorce attorneys that give out free consultations, believe me when I say there are no shortage of firms who want your business.

But how do you know how to tell who’s the best divorce lawyer for the job?

Below, I have provided five tips that I have learned over my career as a divorce attorney in Houston. I encourage you to keep these in mind as you decide on hiring a divorce attorney.

1. Consider What Traits are Most Important to You

The first step to finding some of the top divorce lawyers in Houston is to define what qualities matter most to you in an attorney.

Some important considerations include:

  • Relevant Experience. You want to choose an attorney who not only has years of experience in dealing with divorces but also has years of experience handling cases like yours. Each family’s circumstances are unique. One family may be working through a high asset divorce and another more focused on custody arrangements relating to their children. Either way, you want to hire an attorney who experiences handling cases that are similar to yours. I am a Board Certified in Family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and I have developed crucial skills, experience, and deep knowledge of family law over my years as a family law attorney.
  • Success rate. The success rate is not always easy to gauge in the context of a divorce case. In a divorce action, there is rarely, if ever, a “winner” or “loser”.  Instead, parties tend to focus on the ultimate resolution to their difficult situation. Therefore the most appropriate way we’ve found to gauge “success rate” is by looking at client satisfaction through testimonials and experiences. Please feel free to take a minute to review my past clients and hear what they have to say about their experience when working with me on their case. You can also look at my Avvo profile or Google reviews as well as my peer review ratings on Super Lawyers.
  • Resources. While some divorce cases are very straightforward, others are harder to navigate, and may even require intervention and input from various experts. This means that you need to work with a lawyer who is not only well-connected but also has the resources necessary to hire experts and organize your claims.
  • Compatible Personality. Don’t overlook the importance of hiring a top divorce attorney with a personality that meshes with your own. As a divorce attorney, you will be working with me very closely over an extended time. A good tip would be to make sure you like them and have faith in the fact that they are working for you and care about protecting your best interests.

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2. Search for a Divorce Attorney on Trusted Online Sources

Once you’ve pinpointed the criteria you want in an attorney, a great way to find a lawyer is to search for one using a basic search engine, such as Google.

If your search returns more results than you can handle, narrow down some of the top results using the Texas Bar Association’s lawyer lookup service. This service also allows you to view a lawyer’s education, certifications, and even search for a lawyer based on language is spoken. You can always find my achievements on my attorney profile page.

3. Get a Reference from a Family Member or Friend

Divorce is incredibly common, and chances are you know someone close to you who has gotten a divorce and worked with a great divorce lawyer during the process. If you’re struggling to find the best family lawyer in Houston that you really like or believe is qualified to handle your divorce case, ask your friends or family members for a referral.

4. Start with a Consultation

If you are looking for a divorce attorney in Houston, Sugar Land, Katy, or The Woodlands, it is strongly recommended that you set up a consultation first, or at least talk to the lawyer on the phone about your case.

You should be honest about your situation and what services you need, your expectations for how your case should be handled, etc. I always provide the absolute most transparency and tell you whether or not I am able to serve you given my caseload and experience level.

If not, I may be able to recommend a lawyer near you that meets your criteria and is available to take on your case.

5. Don’t Forget What’s at Stake

You’ll be more motivated to find the best divorce attorney for you – rather than just settling for “the cheapest” option – if you fully understand what’s at stake.

If your divorce is contested, you have a lot to lose if things don’t go your way, which is very possible if you’re not represented by a professional with years of experience. If your divorce case is not settled in your favor, you may lose out on:

  • Valuable property, including a home or car;
  • Future earnings from various pieces of property such as interest and dividends;
  • Spousal maintenance;
  • A reasonable child support award; or
  • Custody of your children.

What’s more, the longer that your divorce case is drawn out, the more taxing it can be on you emotionally and financially. Working with me I always understand this and I am committed to minimizing your costs and the divorce timeline while refusing to settle for less than you deserve is critical.

Other Common FAQ

Why should I hire a divorce attorney?

A skilled divorce attorney can help you keep everything organized and be an advocate for you. A divorce attorney also will keep the complicated divorce process running smoothly.

What traits should I be paying attention to when selecting a divorce attorney?

Years of experience or number of divorce cases handled, looking at the success rate of those divorces, having a personality that you will be able get along with, and looking at the Google reviews for that law firm.

What are some good indicators when it comes to hiring a divorce attorney?

If you are looking to hire a divorce attorney, you should do some research on the individual and look around other profiles like Avvo, Justia, or Super Lawyers. You can also look at the attorney bio page and see what their background is in family law.

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Doug P.
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Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ 5/5 Stars

Awesome group of people at The Stout Law Firm. Angela and her staff are super professional and make sure you are comfortable with the entire process nobody wants to go through. I highly recommend this firm for your Family law needs. Thanks y’all for being Awesome


Andy W.
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Ms Stout and her colleagues without question consistently gave sound advise and were very easy to work with. Thank You!


Paul P.
Reviewing: Detailed oriented staff that will find important factors that other family law attorneys have overlooked
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…Ms. Stout very quickly secured our confidence, identifying gaps that others we had consulted with hadn’t recognized. Throughout the process Ms. Stout and her colleagues worked very diligently and left no stone unturned. She has an admiral amount of knowledge in Family Law and the energy, drive and passion for ensuring the best outcome for her clients…


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Contact Me Today To Set-Up a Consultation

I understand what clients need in a divorce lawyer, and I have the reputation and success rate you would expect from a divorce law firm with more than a decade’s worth of experience.

Not only am I highly skilled, but I am also sympathetic to the emotional nature of divorce and sensitive to the fact that your life is about to change significantly.

I take a personalized approach to each case. I take the time to understand your goals and work aggressively to achieve them.

For your initial consultation with me, please call me at 713-980-4300 or send me a message online. I’m ready to get started on your case immediately.

Angela Stout

Angela A. Stout was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2007. Ms. Stout has practiced law since 2007, with an emphasis in representing clients in family law matters. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law in May of 2007. Ms. Stout became Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in December of 2015. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is a specialized group of attorneys that must obtain exceptional experience in a specific area of law, pass a comprehensive exam, and complete ongoing continuing legal education in that specialized area. Additionally, Ms. Stout is certified as a mediator by the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center.

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