Most family law cases require a consult fee. For Family Law and Estate Planning services in Denton County, the fee is $200.00 and in Wise County, the fee is $175.00. The consult lasts for an hour.
For family law cases, a retainer is set at the end of your consult. Each retainer is different based on the needs, court settings, complexity of the case, etc. For estate planning cases, there is only a flat fee for estate planning services. Please contact us for estate planning package options.
For uncontested divorces and modifications, we do offer flat fee rates. Please contact our office to determine if your case falls in this classification.
In the state of Texas, the divorce may not be made final until at least 60 days after the divorce petition has been filed with the Court. However, a divorce is not automatically granted after 60 days. Depending upon the complexity of the proceedings, the circumstances of each case, and court settings, proceedings may extend from 60 days to over two years in highly contested cases.
There are many different grounds that a court in Texas will accept as a basis for the dissolution of a marriage. The most common is a no fault divorce where proof of fault is irrelevant. However, if one spouse is solely at fault for the divorce then the courts may take that into consideration when they are dividing the property. Grounds for fault can include adultery, cruelty, among several others.
Child custody is referred to as conservatorship in Texas. In most instances, both parents are appointed joint managing conservators. One parent is given the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the child, and the other parent has possession and access to the child/children pursuant to a standard possession order. The parties may, however, agree to a specific visitation schedule that is in the best interest of the child. In some cases, one parent may be ordered to have supervised visitation only if there are extreme circumstances. Child support is calculated based upon the Texas Family Code Guidelines and guideline child support is presumed to be in the best interest of the child.