As a divorce and child custody lawyer in Texas, I often receive the question of whether or not someone should negotiate the terms of their divorce before speaking with an attorney. While it may seem like a good idea to try to come to an agreement with your spouse before involving legal counsel, in most cases, it is not.
There are several reasons for this. First and foremost, negotiations that are carried out without the guidance of a legal professional are often incomplete, misinformed, and one-sided. This can lead to mistrust and hard feelings between the parties, which can make it more difficult for attorneys to eventually come to an agreement.
Additionally, one party may go back on what they previously agreed to before speaking with an attorney. This can also contribute to mistrust and difficulty in reaching a resolution.
In short, it is generally a better idea to speak with a qualified divorce and child custody lawyer before attempting to negotiate the terms of your divorce. An attorney can provide valuable guidance and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.
If you have specific questions about your situation, do not hesitate to reach out to schedule a consultation.