Compassionate Texas Divorce Lawyer Provides Guidance and Advice
Full-service family law firm in Flower Mound
A divorce is more than the end of a marriage, it’s a very emotional and stressful event. At Ilarraza Law, P.C., we help ease the legal strain of divorce so you’re able to concentrate on the health and well-being of your family.
I understand the importance of protecting your rights and the rights of your children. This is why I take your individual needs into account as I seek the best possible results for you regarding:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Distribution of personal property (including bank accounts, stocks, and more)
- Division of marital assets
- Division of marital debts
- Sale or possession of the marital home
- Spousal support including temporary support
Family law mediator who encourages cooperation
As a family law divorce attorney, I understand the importance of mediation. Mediators give you and your spouse the opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement in a more amicable setting by working with a trained facilitator.
In addition, the mediation process fosters cooperation between partners and produces less stress and hostility than you’d otherwise experience with litigation. Mediation is also a great tool when it comes to reducing the time and cost of divorce. Perhaps the best benefit of mediation is that it puts the decisions in your hands.
I can help you obtain the most equitable divorce settlement, a fair child support agreement, and a healthy child custody arrangement. All while providing you with quality legal advice customized to your unique divorce case.
Family law litigator by your side
Mediation is a great tool, but it doesn’t always work for everyone. Sometimes litigation is necessary to resolve your family’s disputes. Having a strong divorce attorney by your side can alleviate the uncertainty and stress of the arduous litigation process and help you obtain the most favorable trial outcome when divorcing. Through tactical trial strategies and a dynamic courtroom presence, I successfully represent clients throughout the litigation process.
If you’re considering filing for divorce or if you’re ready to move forward and file for divorce, then the divorce lawyers at Ilarraza Law are here to help. Divorces are difficult but our family law divorce team is here to help with your case. We’ll support you throughout the divorce experience with our knowledge, experience, and financial advice. Your best interest matters and quality legal representation will help protect those interests.
Call Ilarraza Law today at (214) 646-3253 for an initial consultation regarding getting divorced, child custody, child support, or other legal matters.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much are divorce attorneys?
The average cost for a divorce attorney in Texas is an hourly rate between $130 and $415 per hour. Generally, this totals out to between $3,000 and $15,600 depending on the case. An uncontested divorce is generally less expensive.
Some Texas divorce mediation attorneys may offer fixed fee divorce options.
Are divorce attorney fees tax deductible?
Unfortunately, no. The IRS does not allow deductions for costs resulting from personal legal advice, including divorce and more.
What is the divorce process?
One spouse files an Original Petition for Divorce with the court. This spouse is known as the petitioner while the other spouse is the respondent. The respondent has the option of signing a waiver, giving up their right to be served with the divorce petition. If they choose not to then there are a few different ways they can be served. The petitioner can also request a Temporary Restraining Order at the time of filing.
Once the divorcing spouses have all relevant information for the divorce, they can discuss a divorce settlement or financial settlement with the help of their attorneys or a mediator. If they’re able to work everything out, then one of the attorneys will prepare an Agreed Decree of Divorce or divorce settlement agreement. A judge will then review the document and sign it if they approve the terms.
If the divorcing couple cannot reach an agreement, then they’ll begin courtroom divorce proceedings, and the judge will decide on the issues for the couple.
The divorce cannot be granted until at least 60 days have passed since the divorce petition has been filed.
What are the grounds for a Texas divorce?
In the state of Texas, you can file for a no fault divorce or you can choose to divorce on specific grounds. The grounds for a fault divorce include:
- Confinement to a mental hospital for at least one year
- Conviction of a felony or long-term incarceration for at least one year
- Cruel treatment
In addition, spouses can allege that they have lived apart as a separation for at least three years.
How do I find divorce attorneys in my area?
Ilarraza Law has offices in Lewisville, McKinney, Flower Mound, and Killeen. If you’re outside of these areas, then you search for family lawyers through recommendations from friends and family that have used a divorce attorney, through coworkers, or online. In addition, you can find lawyers that specialize in specific cases of divorce. For example:
- Divorce attorneys for low income families
- Divorce attorneys for veterans
- Divorce attorneys for men
- Divorce attorneys for women
At Ilarraza Law, we have experience and expertise in a variety of divorce cases and would love to discuss your unique case with you.
What is a separation agreement?
A separation agreement is very similar to a divorce agreement in the way that it covers child custody, child support, property division, and spousal maintenance. However, unlike a divorce, the couple remains legally married despite no longer living together.
There are a number of reasons why a couple may prefer to separate rather than divorce. However, there is no legal separation in the state of Texas. If you wish to separate in Texas without divorce then you can enter into an informal separation with the understanding that you’re still married and the court will view any community property as belonging equally to both spouses.