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There are few things as emotionally difficult as divorce proceedings, even when the breakup is amicable. Chances are you’ve put a lot of time and effort into trying to make the marriage work. With so much invested, the ultimate dissolution of your marital bonds can make it hard to focus, to make the right decisions for you and your family. Bailey & Galyen can help.
At Bailey & Galyen, we have provided comprehensive legal counsel to women and men throughout the Lone Star State for more than 40 years, handling virtually any issue related to family law or divorce. We have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the laws and procedures governing divorce in Texas, including matters related to child custody and visitation, alimony and child support, and the division of debts and assets according to the Texas community property laws. We built our reputation on a commitment to hard work and thorough preparation, as well as the highest levels of client service and satisfaction. We’ll take the time to listen, so we can clearly understand your needs and objectives, and can tailor our counsel to get the outcome you want. We’ll keep you up-to-date on all developments in your case, as well as your options moving forward, so you can make good decisions. We strive to be there when you need us, returning your calls or responding to your emails in a timely manner.
An Overview of Family Law in Texas
In Texas, as in most other states, family law is derived from both written laws (statutes) enacted by the state legislature, and court opinions from prior cases (known as the common law). The Texas Family Code establishes many of the laws governing marriage and other family law matters, such as:
- How marriage is defined, when a marriage may be terminated, how property will be divided in a divorce and basic rules related to divorce proceedings
- The rights of minor children of a marriage in a divorce proceeding
- The collaborative divorce process, a way of resolving issues without the intervention of the court
- Those acts that are considered to be juvenile offenses, as well as the procedures within the juvenile justice system
- Issues related to family abuse or domestic violence, including the necessary steps to obtain a protective order
- The parent-child relationship, including SAFCRs (suits affecting the Parent-Child Relationship)
What Are the Most Common Issues Handled in Family Court in Fort Worth?
As a practical matter, most of the family law matters adjudicated in the Fort Worth family courts are divorce proceedings. As a part of that process, the parties will typically need to resolve issues related to:
- Managing conservatorship of and access to minor children of a marriage—These are the terms that Texas uses to describe custody and visitation. The parties to a divorce can work out custody and visitation arrangements on their own but will typically have to submit any agreement to the court for approval. If the parties cannot cooperatively determine custody or visitation, the court will generally hold hearings and ultimately make those decisions.
- Child and spousal support—Typically, a non-custodial parent will be subject to a child support order, requiring that he or she make regular payments to the custodial parent for the benefit of a minor child. The amount of support is generally based on the respective incomes of each parent, as well as any special needs of the child. Though alimony is less common than it used to be, a court may still require that one spouse make support payments to the other spouse, either temporarily or permanently.
- The allocation of marital property and obligations—Texas is one of a minority of states that follow community property principles when distributing marital debts and assets. Under this approach, all assets or debts accumulated during the marriage are considered to be community property and must be equally divided upon dissolution of the marriage, with limited exceptions.
Why Do You Want a Lawyer to Handle Your Divorce Case?
You may be inclined to handle all matters related to a divorce, particularly if it’s uncontested. Even in situations with little or no acrimony or disputes, though, the process can still be complex. You can easily make decisions that will be costly in the long run. A proven family law attorney can provide a number of benefits, including:
- Assistance with any preparation for the divorce proceeding, so that you don’t miss deadlines or fail to provide the court with necessary information to protect your rights
- Help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of any alternative means of terminating your marriage, such as mediation or collaborative divorce
- Make certain that all property is accurately defined as community or separate property, and that all assets and obligations are included in the property settlement
- Prepare and timely file all documents to move you efficiently and effectively through the divorce process
- Ensure that the terms of your agreement are accurately reflected in the court order
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Family Lawyer?
Divorce attorneys generally bill by the hour and will commonly charge different hourly fees. Furthermore, as every case is different, the total cost of legal representation can be hard to determine. The more organized you are, though, the less you’ll typically spend. Additionally, the extent to which you can come to agreement with your ex without the involvement of the court, the less you’ll need to pay an attorney to resolve any disputes.
What Types of Family Law Matters Does Bailey & Galyen Handle?
At Bailey & Galyen, we represent men and women in any legal concern related to or arising out of divorce, from the determination of child custody and visitation to the division of debts and assets to the availability and amount of child support or alimony payments. We have considerable experience helping individuals and families with a range of adoption proceedings and can help you put a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in place to protect property in a marriage.
What Are the Benefits of Using Bailey & Galyen as Your Family Law Counsel?
In a word—experience. At Bailey & Galyen, we have protected the rights of individuals in family law disputes for more than 40 years. Because of our experience, we can anticipate the tactics and strategies your ex’s lawyers will employ and can take proactive measures to fully protect your rights.
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