Bedford Family Attorneys
Family Law Guidance in Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant Counties
Have you recently been involved in a divorce? Have your children been taken away from you? Are you worried about losing assets in property division? Here at Holland McGill Law, we are ready to take on these kinds of cases – and much more.
Our Bedford family lawyers have decades of combined experience and understand what you are going through. We genuinely care about our clients and are determined to get you through what is almost certainly a difficult, stressful time. Our legal professionals are passionate about helping Texas families favorably resolve disputes and are not afraid to fight for justice. We treat each client like a member of our family, and you will have our full attention every step of the way. Our team is always prepared to go to court and will do everything possible to secure your desired result.
How We Can Help Your Family
Our team at Holland McGill Law can assist you with many matters of family law. Our talent in the fields we cover, combined with our extensive experience and dedication to personalized advocacy, makes us a leading choice in these cases.
Our Bedford family attorneys can assist you with:
- Divorce. In Texas, a divorce can be contested or “agreed.” An “agreed divorce” is possible when both spouses agree on the terms of child custody, support, and property division. If there is any disagreement, the divorce will be contested, and a court will issue judgments after one or more hearings. We can diligently represent you in contested divorce proceedings.
- Child Custody. When a parent has legal custody, they get to make decisions about how their child is raised. A child lives with the parent who has physical custody. In many cases, parents will share legal custody, but one parent may have primary physical custody. The noncustodial parent will receive visitation that guarantees them access to their child at certain times. In deciding custody arrangements, a court will always consider what is in the best interest of the child. They may consider each parent’s relationship with the child, the disruption the child would experience in each theoretical arrangement, and any history of physical or substance abuse that might threaten the safety of the child. Our team can fight to secure an arrangement that is fair and in the best interest of your family.
- Custody Modifications. A parent cannot request a modification to a custody order just because they are unhappy with the judge’s decision. A judge will only consider a modification request if there has been a substantial change of circumstances that warrants the change. For example, if the custodial parent has developed a substance abuse problem, the noncustodial parent might fairly ask for a reexamination of the case. Custody can also be modified if both parents agree on the change, but the court will still need to review and approve the proposed modification. We can assist you with contested and uncontested custody modification requests.
- Termination of Rights and Adoptions. Before a child can be adopted, at least one of their parent’s parental rights must be formally terminated. We can help with both voluntary and involuntary terminations. Once this step has been completed, we can guide your family through each step of the adoption process.
- Paternity Issues. When unmarried parents have a child, the child will not legally have a father until paternity is established, which can be done voluntarily or involuntarily. Our firm can assist with involuntary establishment efforts, which may require court proceedings and DNA testing.
- Property Division. Assets acquired during a marriage are considered part of the “community estate,” which is subject to a “just and right division” in a Texas divorce. This means the split between spouses may not be equal. Assets obtained before the marriage, after the marriage, through an inheritance, or through a gift are considered separate property and are not subject to division unless the assets commingle with the community estate. We can advocate for you in property division disputes, including conflicts involving the division of retirement plans.
- Mediation. Going to court is expensive, and many couples turn to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms. In mediation, the divorcing couple works with a disinterested, third-party mediator who helps them work through each dispute and find consensus. Couples can potentially avoid costly litigation if they are able to resolve disagreements through mediation. We can work to protect your interests during this process.
- Collaborative Law. Collaborative law is in some ways similar to mediation in that a divorcing couple attempts to resolve disputes without going to court. Unlike mediation, each party will sign a participation agreement that disqualifies all legal representatives from participating in subsequent litigation if the process is abandoned. Collaborative law can be a cost-effective strategy for resolving conflicts, and we are more than prepared to represent you during these proceedings.
Understanding Child Custody Laws in Texas
Child custody can be one of the most contentious and emotionally charged aspects of a divorce or separation. In Texas, child custody is referred to as "conservatorship" and involves making decisions about the child's upbringing, such as education, medical care, and religious training.
At Holland McGill Law, PLLC, our family law attorneys have extensive experience handling child custody disputes in Bedford and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We can help you understand the different types of conservatorship arrangements and work with you to develop a custody agreement that protects your child's best interests.
Types of conservatorship in Texas include:
- Joint managing conservatorship - Both parents share decision-making responsibilities.
- Sole managing conservatorship - One parent has the right to make all decisions about the child's upbringing.
- Split conservatorship - Different parents are responsible for different aspects of the child's care, such as one parent making decisions about education while the other makes decisions about medical care.
Our attorneys can also assist with modifying existing custody orders, enforcing custody agreements, and resolving disputes related to visitation.
Contact Holland McGill Law, PLLC today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys in Bedford, TX.
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