Why Listening to Your Attorney’s Advice is Crucial in Divorce and Child Custody Cases

Posted by David Jacks | Jun 04, 2024

Divorce and child custody cases can be highly emotional and complex, requiring careful navigation through legal intricacies. As your attorney, our primary goal is to secure the best possible outcome for you. However, achieving this requires a collaborative effort where you, as the client, play a pivotal role by following our guidance. Here is why adhering to your attorney's advice is essential in divorce and child custody cases:

1. Understanding Legal Nuances

Family law is replete with nuances and complexities. Attorneys spend years honing their skills and gaining knowledge about the legal system. We are familiar with statutes, case laws, and local court rules that can significantly impact your case. By following our advice, you ensure that your actions align with legal requirements, avoiding potential pitfalls that could jeopardize your case.

2. Judges' Discretion and Preferences

Family law judges have considerable discretion in making decisions. Each judge may have unique preferences and quirks that can influence their rulings. Attorneys who regularly appear before these judges understand their tendencies and can tailor their strategies accordingly. Ignoring your attorney's advice and acting independently might inadvertently offend or provoke the judge, leading to unfavorable outcomes.

3. Strategic Communication

What you say and how you say it can profoundly affect your case. In divorce and child custody proceedings, emotions run high, and it is easy to say something that could be misconstrued or used against you. Your attorney advises you on what to say, when to speak, and when to remain silent to avoid making statements that could harm your case. This strategic communication is crucial in presenting a coherent and compelling argument in your favor.

4. Avoiding Common Mistakes

Clients often unintentionally harm their cases by ignoring their attorney's advice. Common mistakes include:

  • Speaking Out of Turn: Making statements in court without your attorney's guidance can lead to misunderstandings or admissions that weaken your position.
  • Ignoring Legal Advice: Failing to follow legal advice, such as not attending scheduled meetings or hearings, can reflect poorly on you and harm your credibility.
  • Engaging in Unauthorized Actions: Taking actions such as relocating with your child without court approval or making unilateral decisions about assets can have serious legal repercussions.

5. Building a Strong Case

Your attorney has a strategic plan designed to achieve the best outcome. This plan involves gathering evidence, preparing arguments, and making calculated decisions. Deviating from this plan by ignoring advice can disrupt the strategy and weaken your case. Trusting your attorney and following their guidance ensures that every action taken is part of a cohesive effort to build a strong case.


Listening to your attorney's advice is not just about compliance; it is about working together to protect your interests and achieve the best possible outcome. Your attorney is your advocate, armed with legal knowledge, experience, and a deep understanding of the judicial system. By following their advice, you enhance your chances of success in your divorce or child custody case.

If you have any questions or need legal assistance, please contact The Jacks Law Group at 702-834-6300. Our experienced attorneys are here to guide you through every step of your case.

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. For personalized legal guidance, please consult with an attorney.

About the Author

David Jacks

David Jacks is a seasoned attorney and founder of The Jacks Law Group, PLLC, in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. Born and raised in Las Vegas, he served as an Animal Care Specialist in the U.S. Army before transitioning to a career in law. He earned his BA in Political Science from UNLV and his JD from Arizona Summit Law School. David’s practice focuses on family law and personal injury cases, including divorce, child custody, and car accidents. He is recognized for his professional excellence and has received numerous awards. David is actively involved in the legal community and various professional associations.

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