Guiding our clients with honesty and compassion through a difficult time is what drives everyone at Epstein Family Law.
Clients throughout Dallas and the surrounding counties trust the experienced divorce lawyers at Epstein Family Law to guide them through the divorce process and help them put the pieces back together after a very difficult chapter in their lives. Understanding that getting to the outcome quickly is often a primary goal of our clients, responsiveness and hustle are in our DNA. This, along with our drive, are critical components of getting to the right outcome. Clients come to our Dallas divorce attorneys from all walks of life throughout north Texas, from the highest-net-worth business owners and public figures with complex property division issues and privacy concerns, to parents with modest marital estates and young children caught in the middle of nasty conflict.
To learn more about our services, call (972) 232-7673or contact us onlineto speak to our knowledgeable Dallas divorce attorneys.
Our Broad Capabilities in Texas Divorce Cases
We have deep experience handling the wide range of issues that can impact the outcome of a divorce case in Texas, including, but not limited to:
- Complex Property Division
- Business and Stock Ownership Valuations
- Asset Tracing
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Support
- Parental Rights and Duties
- Spousal Support
- Marital Agreement Disputes
- Military Spouses
- Substance Abuse and Recovery Issues
- Domestic Violence
- Protective Orders
- Enforcement Actions
- Collaborative Divorce
Filing for Divorce in Texas
Filing for divorce in Texas typically involves the following steps:
- Residency Requirement: At least one spouse must have lived in Texas for at least six months and in the county where they plan to file for at least 90 days.
- Choose Your Grounds: Texas allows for both "no-fault" and "fault-based" divorce. No-fault means the marriage has become insupportable, while fault-based grounds can include cruelty, adultery, abandonment, or incarceration.
- Prepare Divorce Petition: You (the petitioner) or your attorney will draft a divorce petition that includes information about the marriage, grounds for divorce, and what you seek in terms of property division, child custody, and support.
- File the Petition: File the divorce petition with the appropriate district court in the county where you or your spouse resides.
- Notify Your Spouse: Serve your spouse with a copy of the divorce petition and a citation, which is a notice that they are being sued for divorce. They typically have 20 days to respond.
- Temporary Orders: You may request temporary orders for issues like child custody, visitation, support, and property use during the divorce process.
- Waiting Period: Texas has a 60-day waiting period after filing before the divorce can be finalized. In contested cases, the process may take longer.
- Negotiation or Trial: You and your spouse will negotiate the terms of the divorce. If you can't reach an agreement, the case may go to trial, where a judge will make decisions for you.
- Final Decree of Divorce: Once the terms are settled, a Final Decree of Divorce is prepared and signed by the judge, officially ending the marriage.
- Division of Property: The court will divide marital property equitably, which doesn't necessarily mean equally.
- Child Custody and Support: If you have children, the court will establish custody, visitation, and child support arrangements based on the child's best interests.
- Spousal Support: If applicable, the court may order spousal support (alimony) based on factors like duration of marriage, financial need, and the ability to pay.
- Name Change: If you desire a name change, you can request it as part of the divorce decree.
- Finalize the Divorce: The divorce is finalized when the judge signs the Final Decree of Divorce. You'll receive a copy of this decree.
It's essential to consult with an attorney who specializes in Texas family law to navigate the divorce process successfully, especially if your case involves complex issues or disputes.
Understanding the Divorce Process in Texas
Going through a divorce can be a challenging and emotional time, but having a clear understanding of the divorce process in Texas can help alleviate some of the stress. At Epstein Family Law PC, our experienced Dallas divorce lawyers are here to guide you through every step of the process and ensure that your rights and best interests are protected.
Here is an overview of the divorce process in Texas:
- Filing for Divorce: The first step in the divorce process is filing a Petition for Divorce with the appropriate court. Our skilled attorneys can assist you with preparing and filing all necessary paperwork.
- Temporary Orders: In some cases, it may be necessary to obtain temporary orders for child custody, visitation, spousal support, and other matters while the divorce is pending.
- Discovery: During the discovery phase, both parties exchange information and documentation relevant to the divorce, such as financial records, property deeds, and child custody evaluations.
- Negotiation and Mediation: Our divorce lawyers are skilled negotiators and can help you reach a fair and equitable settlement through negotiation or mediation. This can help save time, money, and emotional turmoil compared to going to court.
- Divorce Trial: If a settlement cannot be reached, your case may proceed to trial. Our attorneys are experienced litigators and will vigorously advocate for your rights in court.
- Finalizing the Divorce: Once all issues have been resolved, a final divorce decree will be issued by the court. This document outlines the terms of the divorce, including child custody, child support, spousal support, and division of assets and debts.
At Epstein Family Law PC, we understand that every divorce is unique, and we will tailor our approach to meet your specific needs. Contact our Dallas divorce lawyers today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you navigate the divorce process in Texas.
Contact Our Divorce Lawyers in Dallas
When facing the complexities of divorce in Dallas, trust Epstein Family Law, your dedicated legal ally. Our experienced Dallas Divorce Lawyers offer compassionate support and expert guidance. Contact us today to safeguard your interests and navigate the path to a better future. Your peace of mind is our priority.
Call (972) 232-7673 or contact us onlineto schedule your initial consultation with a divorce lawyer near you.
Dallas Divorce Lawyers Handling High-Value Marital Estates
Our Dallas divorce attorneys have the experience and resources to resolve big cases with the most challenging property characterization, valuation, and division issues. We are on the short list for successful entrepreneurs, professional athletes, C-suite executives, and their spouses to handle matters involving complex multi-million-dollar estates, hidden assets, a wide variety of business interests, and disputes regarding prenuptial and post-marital agreements.
Protecting the Best Interests of Your Children
Caring is at our core, which goes further and deeper than empathy. We utilize every one of our strengths to help our clients achieve their goals, particularly when it comes to their children. When kids are involved in a divorce, difficult decisions must be made that will significantly impact their long-term welfare, including custody and visitation rights, financial support, the right to make major parenting decisions, and much more.
In every case, we focus on negotiating an agreed-upon custody, child support, and parenting plan that fits the family’s values and unique circumstances, fosters a strong and civil co-parenting relationship to the extent possible, and minimizes future disputes. But we are also ready to litigate these issues through trial when necessary to achieve our client’s goals and protect the best interests of the children.
Collaborative Divorce in Texas
Our family law firm has guided numerous clients through the collaborative divorce process to avoid the cost, stress, and uncertainty of adversarial litigation. Collaborative divorce is a confidential settlement process where specially trained lawyers help spouses negotiate a binding divorce agreement without going to court. The collaborative process incentivizes both spouses to settle – because if they don’t reach a final agreement in this process, they must start over, hire new lawyers, and proceed with formal litigation.
Collaborative divorce is often an effective option for wealthy individuals and public figures who value privacy, parents who want to protect their kids from chaotic litigation, and spouses who need a more creative, tailored approach to resolve a complex divorce. But it is not the right fit for every case. For a collaborative divorce to be successful, the spouses and their lawyers must strive to set aside the emotionally charged conflict that broke the marriage, deal in good faith and commit to achieving a “win-win” outcome.
Consult with a Divorce Lawyer in Dallas
To discuss your case with an experienced divorce lawyer, contact Epstein Family Law at (972) 232-7673. We represent clients in counties throughout the Greater Dallas area, including Dallas, Collin, Denton, Tarrant, Ellis, Rockwall, Kaufman, and Johnson, plus others.
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