Family Law

Divorce

In Texas, there are two ways that a married couple can enter into the divorce process. They can either come forward in mutual agreement that they need to separate, or one spouse can claim that the other has caused them physical or emotional distress. In either scenario, it’s best to talk your case over with a knowledgeable divorce attorney sooner rather than later.

Incompatibility (or “Insupportability”)

If, like so many other married couples, you and your spouse have grown apart or don’t see eye-to-eye anymore, you may decide to claim insupportability. In simple terms, this means legally declaring that you both feel divorce is the right course of action.

If insupportability is the reason for your separation, there’s a good chance that you and your ex will be able to avoid the lengthy and costly trial process. Instead, you can sit down with your attorneys and/or mediator and work together to divvy up your property, assets, parental responsibilities, and other such concerns. As a Texas Certified Mediator myself, I would be more than happy to walk you and your ex through this process in a productive, amicable fashion.

Proving Fault

When insupportability is not the cause of a marital separation, Texas law requires that the spouse who wants to end the marriage make a valid claim against the other. These are the claims that are considered valid in Texas:

  • Adultery
  • Cruelty
  • Abandonment for one year or longer
  • Living separately for three or more years
  • Confinement in a mental institution or similar
  • More than one year in prison

In these types of divorce cases, emotions tend to run high. No matter the details of your situation, though, trust that I am here to listen and ultimately help.

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Child Custody

Dissolving a marriage is emotionally trying no matter how cooperative the two people involved. When children are a part of the picture, emotions tend to run even higher.

As a parent, your concern is doing what’s right for your child or children. As your attorney, my priority will be the same. Every piece of advice I provide will be calculated and focused on what’s best for your family. Before you go taking any legal steps on your own, please consult with me first. After all, when it comes to child custody matters, it’s not worth the risk to act without sound legal counsel.

Adoption

Despite the notoriously high divorce rates in Texas (and, let’s be honest, the U.S. in general), there’s a lot more to family law than fighting over property, assets, and parental rights. On the opposite end of the spectrum you have the extremely rewarding practice of adoption law.

When you think “adoption,” your mind probably doesn’t jump straight to needing a lawyer. After all, adopting a child should be a simple matter of filling out paperwork, meeting with an adoption agency, and demonstrating that you’re fit to be a parent, right?

Yes and no. While many adoptions go through without a hitch, many more run into complications. An adoption attorney is simply a resource to help you get through the process more smoothly. For instance, a knowledgeable adoption lawyer can:

  • Guide you to a reputable adoption agency as needed
  • File all the necessary paperwork
  • Keep you up-to-date on your rights as a non-biological parent
  • Represent you in court if it appears as though your agreement might fall through

Start the adoption process the right way. Schedule an informative consultation with my firm to make sure all your bases are covered.

Texas Divorce, Child Custody, & Adoption Attorney

Legal concerns involving family are never easy. That’s why it’s so important to choose an attorney you feel comfortable with. If you’re considering adoption, divorce, or new child custody arrangements, please don’t hesitate to call. It would be my pleasure to get to know you and help you through whatever legal challenge you’re facing.