Types of Legal Issues

Our practice is limited to the field of Family Law, but we utilize a broad range of processes to resolve issues.  Any case can involve negotiation, litigation (trials to a judge or jury), mediation, arbitration or Collaborative Law.

We help people with the following issues:

Parent-Child Issues

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation/Access Rights, including specialized schedules for unique situations or employment schedules
  • Child Support – initially setting it in a Paternity Suit or collecting it by an enforcement or contempt proceeding
  • Paternity Suits, including DNA testing
  • Drug Testing
  • Relocation Disputes:  Geographic Restrictions on residence
  • Grandparent Rights
  • Parenting Plans
  • Access Facilitation
  • Social Studies
  • Child Protective Services (C.P.S.) cases
  • Joint Custody
  • Conservatorship: Joint Managing, Sole Managing or Possessory
  • Parental Rights, powers and duties
  • Parenting Classes/Co-parenting Programs
  • Non-parent Rights of Access
  • Modification of prior orders
  • Insurance and Medical Reimbursement issues
  • Emancipation of a Minor
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Child Specialists
  • Parenting Coordinators

Property Issues

  • Premarital/Prenuptial Agreements
  • Retirement Plans
  • Professional Practices
  • Family Businesses
  • Alimony and Spousal Maintenance
  • Marital Agreements
  • Partition Agreements
  • Complex Property Division issues
  • Valuation, Tracing and Characterization of Property
  • Determination of Separate Property
  • Reimbursement
  • Real Estate
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO)

Other  Issues

  • Temporary Orders
  • TROs (Temporary Restraining Orders)
  • Temporary Support
  • Temporary Custody Orders
  • Appeals of Temporary Orders
  • Property Division
  • Motion for New Trial
  • Bill of Review
  • Post-divorce Property Division
  • Alimony/Spousal Maintenance
  • Separation Agreements
  • Agreements Incident to Divorce
  • Clarification of prior orders
  • Enforcement of prior orders
  • Name Changes

We are not tax experts or financial planners, but we regularly work with them when our clients need that special assistance. We also bring in counselors and child specialists as needed. We can provide better service and save our clients money by bringing in specialists to help on various parts of the effort.

For more information on any topic mentioned here, please call us at 817-338-4633.

We will be happy to meet with you to  see if we would be a good fit for each other.  Just as we don’t take on every possible client, you may decide you prefer someone else. That’s fine with us because we want you to be comfortable with us and and our approach if we take the case. We can give you names and phone numbers of other attorneys if we decide not to take on your case.

A Word About Consultations: They are not free.  Because we normally spend at least an hour and provide real legal advice, we charge our usual hourly rate for a consultation. We treat it as a regular client meeting, discussing the facts, law and strategy. When you leave, you will have learned about the law and your case.

(There are some attorneys who will do free consultations.  If that is important to you, you can search around and find one and you may be totally happy with that representation.  Legal matters can be very expensive, so it is important that you secure a financially-appropriate attorney for your situation.)

If you are looking for a particular type of service that is not listed here, please call and ask if we handle it. Chances are that we do if it is in the Family Law field. If the service actually is in another field of law, we can refer you to a highly qualified lawyer in that field and we are happy to do so.