As an experienced family
law attorney, I understand the psychological and financial impact a
divorce or separation can have on an individual. As your family law
attorney I will offer you the personalized and professional support
you need to protect your rights and gain peace of mind.
Specifically, I can help
you solve issues in the following areas of divorce:
Marital Property Division
I have extensive
experience in assessing community property value, an essential skill
needed to protect your property rights. Texas is a community
property state, which means that all marital property is divided
equally between the divorcing parties. If property is not
classified as marital property, or if property is hidden or given a
deflated assessed value, you can lose enormous amounts of real and
personal assets. Do not trust valuation of assets, 401 K’s,
personal businesses, and real estate to a novice attorney.
Certainly do not attempt to assess the value of these things
yourself. My firm can consult with Forensic Accountants,
Psychologists, Actuaries, Vocational Experts, and other specialists.
Their retainers vary, but their services are generally useful and
decisive in valuation cases. In Texas, we need to characterize
the property as being either separate property of the spouse which
is not divisible upon divorce under most circumstances, and
community property which is divisible in a fair and just manner.
Experts will determine the character of the property if it is in
In addition, if you are
anticipating getting married, and would like to plan for the future,
so much of the economic and emotional devastation of divorce can be
prevented with a simple prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. If
this makes sense to you, do not hesitate to call my office.
Child Custody and
Child custody disputes are
among the most difficult issues I handle as an attorney. I have
over a twenty eight years of experience in helping individuals solve
their custody issues with empathy and diligence. I have handled
numerous “move away” situations in which one spouse wants to move
out of State with the children. In move away situations,
jurisdiction and other technical aspects must be evaluated
carefully, along with the best interest of the child. Trust me to
help you through this highly complex procedure, so that you can have
the opportunity to start over.
In addition, I have
extensive experience in representing clients who are seeking or want
to change custody or visitation arrangements with their children. I
will handle your case with determination and care. I have access to
expert psychological experts that are increasingly important in
helping courts make their custody determinations that are in the
best interest of the children. Call my office today
so that I may put my custody expertise to work for you.
Child and Spousal Support
Determining child support
payments is a very technical area. In Texas courts consider income
of the spouses (parents), among other sources, to determine what the
child will receive. I have extensive experience in determining
income, standard of living, and projected income. Do not jeopardize
your rights. Let my office evaluate and present to the court what
you should pay or receive in child support payments.
In addition, I have
handled many spousal support cases. Spousal support usually comes
about during the pendency of the divorce, but can be ordered paid to
a deserving spouse beyond the date of the final decree. Call my
office today for the help you need.
rights. Call my office today for an initial family law
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the East Texas area, including Smith, Van Zandt, Anderson, Wood, and