5 Key Qualities To Look For In A Family Law Lawyer

Dealing with family law related disputes is an emotional and stressful ride for the entire family, whether you are filing for a divorce or custody of your child, family law cases are always emotionally fraught. With all the emotional baggage one is carrying, hiring a family lawyer becomes a daunting process. You want a lawyer who can fight for you and make you feel comfortable and safe in the courtroom.

Looking for a good family lawyer can be hard. In this blog, we will discuss in detail the 5 traits we believe are important for a family lawyer to have.


Family law cases are complex and can run for months and years. Hence, it’s important that you check the diligence of your lawyer. The first call with your lawyer will tell you about his or her diligence. Did the lawyer take the call or were you directed to the secretary? Did the lawyer listen to all the details calmly or was he or she just interested in the pay related conversation? Did a face to face meeting happen or were you dealt with through a call only? All these things will help you determine the diligence of your lawyer. Diligence is an important trait. You want a lawyer who will be able to fight for you throughout every step of the process.


A family lawyer should be honest and open with you about everything. The last thing you want to have to deal with is a dishonest family lawyer who hides important facts about your case. Integrity is an important aspect of a family lawyer, your lawyer should be open with you and tell you all the nitty gritty details of the case and keep you in the light. If your lawyer does not tell you about the strength and weakness of your case then you won’t be able to find the best strategy for your family law case. If the lawyer – at every meeting – tells you that everything is fine and there is nothing to worry about you should probably run the other way.


Family lawyers should be patient. This is the first thing a lawyer should be good at. If your lawyer is impatient then he or she won’t be of good help. Family law cases are complex, difficult and emotionally draining for the families involved and if your lawyer is not patient enough to listen to all of your queries then he or she will not be the best choice for the job. Family law proceedings are stressful so you don’t want someone who will easily lose their cool. Find someone who can patiently listen to all of your problems and be a source of comfort for you in and outside of the courtroom.

Communication Skills

A successful lawyer has good communication skills. The more your lawyer is good at speaking the more he or she will be successful. In this field good lawyers are good communicators, as you will need to convince the judge and jury that your side is right. They also need to be able to communicate with their clients about the legal issues surrounding their case. So, if your lawyer is not good at communicating then he or she won’t be of any help. Pay attention to how well you and your lawyer communicate in the initial meetings. Do you understand the legal terms when they explain it to you? Do they understand what you are telling them? Find someone with whom you can communicate easily.


The most important trait your family lawyer can have apart from being legally proficient is their compassion. Dealing with family law cases takes a toll on your emotional state. Hence your lawyer needs to be compassionate during the whole process. Your lawyer should be able to sympathize with all that you are going through and be able to provide you with the legal advice you need. They should be able to explain difficult and complex things in simpler ways. If a lawyer does not do these things you need to find another lawyer.

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