Southlake Divorce Attorney | Beal Law Firm
Beal Law Firm is here to guide you through life-changing events in family law matters. Our main office located in Southlake, Texas serves Northeast Tarrant County, Denton County, and beyond. For over 30 years, Beal Law Firm has assisted petitioners and respondents in matters of family law by providing skilled legal representation.
Our team of Southlake family law attorneys practices family law exclusively, with prestigious qualifications. We are dedicated to working with you and hearing the details of your case to find the best way forward. Our two most senior attorneys – Eric Beal and Scott Rewak – are board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This distinguishing accomplishment is a testament to how hard our Southlake divorce attorneys work for you, proving that Beal Law Firm has the family law experience you need.
Skilled Negotiators for your Divorce
Separation and divorce carry with them stress, frustration, anger, and more. No one marries expecting it to fail. While the end of a marriage can unleash a flood of negative emotions, it is important to protect your best interests. Whether you plan for your divorce negotiations to go amicably or you expect a fight, the Southlake divorce attorneys at Beal Law Firm understand the issues that come with divorce and help protect your interest in court.
In uncontested divorces, you and your spouse agree on how to deal with legal, financial, and practical details. The state allows for divorce on “fault” and “no-fault” grounds, but navigating agreements can be difficult without a trained professional, especially in regard to subjects like:
How to divide real estate and personal property
Allocate outstanding debts
Mediation can minimize conflicts that arise through traditional divorce proceedings and having a skilled Southlake divorce attorney can work out these disputes in your best interest. All of our attorneys are dedicated to finding what will work best for your specific case.
Collaborative divorce is another amicable solution, but it is different from an uncontested divorce. During mediation, the focus is always on the immediate needs of our clients, but in collaborative divorce future needs are also considered. Due to the difference, these cases are often best handled by experienced Southlake divorce attorneys.
When divorcing spouses still maintain a degree of trust in one another and are on amicable terms, collaborative divorce can be more appealing than other avenues. It is still important to understand each step of the process with a Southlake divorce attorney, however, to ensure that the process does not break down.
When you and your spouse cannot work out the agreed-upon terms of your separation, it is incredibly stressful. When going through a divorce, you need sound counsel to guide you through dealing with all the life-changing events at once. With the distribution of assets, child support, and custody to be concerned about, our Southlake divorce lawyers walk you through it all. We help in areas such as:
Filing a divorce petition
Scheduling a trial date
Filing for temporary orders that help you maintain contact with your children
Understanding the process, procedure, and need for each step
In domestic violence cases, protective orders can help you stay safe and protected. While temporary orders can be negotiated if communication is fractured, our Southlake divorce attorneys prepare you for the questioning involved in a temporary order hearing.
If you or your spouse is a service member, a Southlake divorce lawyer who understands the intricacies of military divorce law may be imperative. Military retirement and health insurance benefits are both distributed differently, and child custody and support matters impact parenting plans. Deployment, mobilization, and transfers affect parenting plans and custody arrangements in a variety of ways. Navigating a divorce when you or your spouse have served our country can be complex without the help of Southlake divorce lawyers to guide you through the process.
Goal-Oriented Advocacy for Child Custody
Your children are precious, and navigating child custody and parenting plans during a divorce, or modifying an existing child custody arrangement requires finesse and a skilled hand. Part of our job as your Southlake child custody lawyer is to make sure you can express your goals in a child custody arrangement to the court.
Texas courts use several factors to make child custody decisions. Rulings can take into account the child’s age, preference for a guardian, the child’s emotional and physical needs, and the child’s relationship with each parent. Each parent’s financial situation and whether there is a history of abuse with either parent also carry a heavy weight on where your child will be placed.
Our Southlake child custody lawyers work with you to create a customized plan that prioritizes the best for your child’s future, such as:
Where the children will live
Whether you are able to move with your children
How child support will work
In Texas, courts divide child custody cases into several categories, including Conservatorship and Possession and Access.
Conservatorship - Rights and Duties
The Rights and Duties section of the Parenting Plan provides for decisions on things like schooling, medical, and psychiatric care. Sole Managing Conservatorships allow one parent to make all decisions. Joint Managing Conservatorships can allow parents to jointly make decisions or provide for decisions to be made independently – sometimes after consultation with the other parent.
Possession and Access
Possession and access refer to physical custody. It dictates the amount of time each parent spends with the child. It covers when parents can visit with the children. An enforceable possession schedule can only be created by a court order. Without a court order, each parent is free to take the child at any time.
Each parenting plan should be unique and tailored to fit your family's needs. Our Southlake child custody lawyers have years of experience, and we make sure you are prepared to fight for your children in court.
Grandparents who find themselves unable to see their grandchildren may file a suit to seek visitation with a grandchild in Texas. This suit can seek a modification of a current court order or be an original suit that requests visitation. The law only allows granting this type of order under limited circumstances, however, so seeking a Southlake family law attorney experienced in grandparent visitation rights can be important.
Southlake Office Hours
Our Southlake Office provides help with divorce, custody, child support, and any other family law matters in Southlake, as well as Northeast Tarrant County, Denton County, and beyond. We’ve been handling family law matters in the counties of Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Dallas, and others for decades.
Our Southlake office hours are:
Mon: 7:30am - 7:00pm
Tue: 7:30am - 7:00pm
Wed: 7:30am - 7:00pm
Thu: 7:30am - 7:00pm
Fri: 7:30am - 7:00pm
Sat: By Appointment
Sun: By Appointment
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