Signs You Hired the Wrong Family Law Attorney

Dealing with family law-related issues, such as divorce, timesharing, child support, and spousal support, can be draining. One of the best things you can do when dealing with a family law-related matter is to hire a family law attorney. The right lawyer can make the ordeal easier to bear. They can help you achieve the best possible outcome. On the other hand, the wrong attorney can lead to frustration, unnecessary stress, and poor results. If you already hired a family law attorney, it is vital that you determine whether you hired the right or wrong attorney before it is too late. If you hired the wrong attorney, you have the right to fire the attorney and hire another attorney. But how do you know if you hired the right or wrong family law attorney? Below are some of the signs you hired the wrong family law attorney.

#1: Poor Communication

It is no secret that attorneys are busy people. You cannot expect your lawyer to be available 100% of the time or call back immediately after they miss your call or you leave a message. However, if your attorney is consistently hard to reach, fails to return your calls or emails in a timely manner, or never returns your calls or emails, it is a red flag. Good lawyers understand how essential effective communication is in any attorney-client relationship.

#2: Missed Deadlines

Missing one deadline does not necessarily indicate that you hired the wrong attorney. However, if your attorney constantly misses deadlines for filing documents, attending court hearings, filing motions, and responding to motions, it is a clear sign you may have hired the wrong attorney. Missing deadlines can result in disastrous consequences for your case. For example, failing to file a response to a motion on time can result in a default judgment against you.

#3: Your Attorney Does Not Know the Details of Your Case

Your lawyer might forget the name of your child. That is not a major issue. However, if your attorney does not know crucial details about your case, it is an obvious sign you hired the wrong attorney.

#4: Lack of Punctuality

Family law attorneys have to attend multiple hearings and meetings in a day. They may get delayed if a meeting or hearing goes longer than expected. However, you could be in serious trouble if your attorney is consistently late for hearings or meetings. If your attorney constantly fails to show up on time, it is a sign you hired the wrong person for your case.  

#5: Unprofessional Conduct

Unprofessional conduct is one of the most obvious signs that you hired the wrong family law attorney. For example, does your attorney dress inappropriately? Are they rude to you or others? If your lawyer is unprofessional, know that you don’t have to put up with their behavior. There are many professional lawyers out there.

#6: Negative Attitude

The demeanor of your family law attorney can significantly affect your experience and the outcome of your case. You should not ignore a negative attitude from your lawyer. The right lawyer should approach your case with positivity, empathy, and a commitment to helping you achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact a Family Law Attorney

Our family law attorneys at Tampa Bay Legal Center, P.A. are experienced in various family law areas, including divorce, timesharing, child support, and alimony. Contact us today at (813) 341-3333 to schedule a consultation.


At Tampa Bay Legal Center, P.A., we care about our clients and about helping them resolve the legal issues they face in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Our law firm is led by attorney Carl J. Ohall who, for more than 25 years, has helped people throughout the Tampa area overcome legal challenges that affect their families, finances & health.

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