Top Three Myths About Divorce and Divorce Lawyers

The Myth: Divorce is a commodity. Any lawyer can handle my case.

The Truth: Each divorce case is unique. Some involve gnarly custody disputes. Others involve family-owned businesses. Or other high net worth situations. Most lawyers practice criminal law, defend DWIs, handle car wrecks, and do a little family law on the side. But a jack of all trades is a master of none. Family law is complex. The most effective family lawyers only practice family law. There’s value in being represented by a lawyer who is in the family courts all day, every day, and knows the judges’ likes, dislikes, and tendencies.

The Myth: Divorce is a simple process.

The Truth: Divorce is litigation. It’s a lawsuit. While you may think your case will be worked out amicably, chances are, it won’t. Divorce is a series of battles. It’s a war. And the only way to win a war is to hire a warrior who will fight for you, your finances, and your children. Family court warriors are seasoned trial lawyers with good judgment who prepare every case as if it is going to trial. And they aren’t afraid to actually try your case if need be. Because that’s how divorces get resolved—one way or the other.

The Myth: I don’t need a Board Certified family lawyer to represent me.

The Truth: Families are complicated organisms. So is the Texas Family Code. There are more than 88,000 Texas lawyers. Less than 1% of them are Board Certified in family law. Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment. Within the Texas legal community, a Board Certified family lawyer is an attorney with substantial experience, and a demonstrated, and tested, special competence in family law. A Board Certified family lawyer has mastered the Texas Family Code. Why would you trust your family, your business, or your finances to anyone else?

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Sonya B. Coffman is a Board Certified divorce and family lawyer in Beaumont, Texas. She also is a C.P.A. Ms. Coffman only practices family law. Her practice is limited to the family courts in Jefferson County, Texas, where she regularly tries jury and non-jury divorce and custody cases. She lives for cross-examination. She’s been doing it for over 25 years.