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I understand that the legal system can be intimidating; and I will be by your side every step of the way. 

To answer your questions. 

To explain the process. 

To ensure that you are always prepared and at ease.

Our mission is to do everything possible to obtain the outcome you want and we work with you to make that happen with as little stress and disruption to your life as possible.  

The Next Step

Divorce is never "easy".  Any divorce or family law case involves a major upheaval of your personal life.  But, for many, the stress of divorce does not compare to the frustration of the life they have been living.   

 

Maybe you feel that your spouse is not committed to your relationship, or perhaps you have been a victim of infidelity, physical or emotional abuse.  Or,  maybe you have been accused of  having an affair or some other malfeasance and your spouse has told you he or she wants a divorce.

 

There are a lot of reasons marriages end and there are two sides to every story. Whether you want to end your marriage or your spouse has told you they want a divorce, your next step is finding the right attorney.

An attorney can help

 

I've worked with hundreds of clients over twenty years of practice and I know that any legal action is stressful.  An attorney can alleviate a lot of that stress by taking on the burden of navigating the courts and handling the day-to-day management of your case.

 

I have found that I can dissipate much of that stress by helping my clients to understand the divorce process, the timelines involved highlighting the strengths of a case, and minimizing its weaknesses.  

Cost of divorce  

My hourly fee is set and the cost your divorce will not depend on the size of your assets.  However, divorces involving more complicated marital estates and complex facts will generally cost more, in the long run, than simpler cases.  

If you do not have children, and your assets are uncomplicated then your divorce may be a relatively inexpensive matter that can be completed in a matter of months.  

If you have kids and more complex property issues, and cannot agree with your spouse as to the best way to handle them, your divorce may take longer and cost more.  

I generally require a retainer and bill against it monthly for my time.  So a case involving more time will cost more

Family Law Trends

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As in all professions, family law has its trends.  One of those I am excited about today is the advent of Collaborative Family Law.  This is wonderful alternative to a traditional divorce process. 

 

It allows you to negotiate the terms of your divorce process in a confidential setting that protects your privacy and saves money by ensuring the confidential/privileged nature of the divorce proceeding.  It is a new concept in Texas divorce cases that reflects the the fact that adversarial proceedings do not always lead to positive long-term outcomes.  

One of the advantages of a collaborative proceeding is that the confidential process encourages open communication that saves you time and money.   It also encourages cooperative, rather than adversarial methods to work through your divorce which lays the ground work for more effective long term solutions.

 

Because of the "confidential" nature of the proceedings the parties and their counsel must sign an agreement agreeing that if the collaborative method fails, the parties' collaborative attorneys cannot represent them in future litigation.

And confidentiality is what really sets Collaborative Divorce apart.  In fact, with some exceptions, communications made during the process are cloaked with the highest level of confidentiality that the law affords:  privilege. 

 

That means that they are not only confidential, but enjoy the protected status of communications made to a person such as a priest or doctor   This level of protection encourages more open, honest communication and enables the parties and their counsel easier access to the information needed to resolve their differences.