The decision to end a relationship and seek a divorce marks a crossroad in your life. You want divorce lawyers on your side who will clearly explain every step, every option and every legal avenue available. This type of guidance can help you make decisions confidently and start the next part of your life with much-needed peace of mind.
At the Turner Law Firm this is the exact type of representation and counsel we provide each and every client. We know every situation is different. We strive to be the best divorce firm in Dallas-Fort Worth by taking the time to learn about you and your goals so we can provide detailed advice and help you navigate your divorce action with understanding and a sense of empowerment.
If this is the kind of representation you are looking for, we encourage you to contact us today. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you during an in-depth consultation.
Our highly experienced and well-equipped legal team can help you every step of the way to achieve a positive outcome in your divorce case, including:
- A simple no-fault/uncontested divorce where no children are involved or a short-term marriage with few assets to divide
- A more complicated contested divorce such as a high net worth divorce action or one involving child custody issues
- Seeking an annulment or the enforcement or voiding of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement
- Handling every aspect of a divorce filing with technical, but compassionate precision such as division of marital assets, seeking or limiting spousal support, negotiating custody arrangements and other important matters
- Resolving post-divorce disputes through creative negotiating, enforcement orders, modification petitions and other means
- Divorce and immigration issues as well as international family law matters
- Gay and lesbian divorce actions and all relevant components as well as unique issues that are relevant to same-sex and LGBT couples
Given the emotional, financial and legal impact of a divorce on you and your family, we work closely with you as a team to help you through every step of the process and even prepare you for life after divorce. As hard as it may be to believe, there will be life after your divorce. You need to be prepared for that day, and that day is why we’re here.
This includes thoroughly explaining how your taxes, credit rating, health care benefits, retirement plans and other issues will be affected. We take detailed legal measures to protect your rights and ensure you aren’t saddled with a divorce settlement you’ll regret in the long run. We are prepared to negotiate, but are also aggressive litigators fighting for you, especially when the division of debt, marital assets and custody issues are involved. We strive to be the best divorce firm by being there for you today, tomorrow and always.
The Turner Law Firm Firm works hard to ensure that all parties remember that the real focus in any custody dispute is the child. We work with parents in throughout Dallas-Fort Worth to reach a result that is in the best interests of the child and works for all parties involved.
Nothing is more heartbreaking than a child caught in the middle of a custody battle. The attorney is a parent himself, so he understands the joys and rewards, trials and tribulations of parenthood.
Representation in Child Custody and Visitation Matters
Child custody is divided into three parts:
- Physical custody is where the child primarily resides
- Child Support
- Legal custody involves decision making surrounding the health, education and general welfare of the child
Visitation (Parenting Time)
Many lawyers refer to the rights of the noncustodial parent to see his or her child as “visitation.” However, at The Turner Law Firm, we beg to differ. As parents ourselves, we don’t believe that a parent “visits” his or her child. He or she raises and nurtures them. That is why we fight for the noncustodial parent to have as much “parenting time” (as opposed to “visitation”) with his or her child as may be possible.
And remember, grandparents may have rights to visit with their grandchildren.
Here are just a few of the situations in which we can help you:
- Enforcement by a noncustodial parent of a visitation agreement
- Relocation, moving and international custody issues
- Modification of the parenting plan by a noncustodial parent
- Modification of a visitation schedule by a parent with full or primary custody
- Grandparents seeking visitation rights with their grandchildren
Which Parent Will Get Custody?
Who will get custody of your child is not a foregone conclusion. Simply because you’re a father doesn’t mean you can’t get custody of your child, and just because you’re a mother does not mean you will automatically get custody of your child. You need an experienced, knowledgeable attorney from The Turner Law Firm to help you achieve your goals.
In child custody cases – “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em; know when to fold ’em; know when to walk away.”
Our knowledge and skill in the child custody arena is unquestioned. We take to trial only those cases in which we believe litigation is the best option. For those cases where trial may not be appropriate, we will counsel you and diligently work to negotiate an amicable resolution that will best satisfy your needs and desires. You can be assured that when we do accept a case, we will do whatever it takes, within the full extent of the law, to pursue the desired and best result.
We work with you to set reasonable, realistic expectations about the outcome of your case. If an investigation is required, we consult private investigators who can uncover important information relevant to the habits and lifestyle of the other parent. If necessary, we may ask a psychologist or social worker to evaluate the mental health of a parent or child, provide a home evaluation and even assist in the preparation for trial.
Emergency Applications for Custody
Seeking emergency temporary child custody may be appropriate under the following circumstances:
- If you believe your “ex” is going to relocate with your child without your permission or the court’s consent
- If you notice signs of abuse or neglect by the other parent
- If the child is in imminent danger while under the care of the other parent
Our law firm can help you understand the process of seeking emergency temporary child custody to protect your child. We know how to proceed quickly in these cases to ensure the child’s safety, as well as block these applications if they are used against you and are predicated upon false allegations, simply because a spouse or partner is trying to gain leverage in a custody or divorce action.
Child Support :
Establishing, Modifying and Enforcing Child Support
Child support is mandated by Texas State law and must be included in any divorce settlement or decree. Contrary to what some people believe, it is not intended to punish the person required to pay it or reward the custodial parent who receives it. It is for the benefit of a child, and the obligation to pay child support cannot be discharged through bankruptcy or unemployment, or voluntarily waived by the custodial parent.
While the amount of child support required will depend on the income of each parent, just because a custodial parent remarries or improves his or her financial situation does not mean the child support obligations of the non-custodial parent will change or cease. There needs to be a material, unforeseen change in your circumstances to entitle you to a modification of your child support agreement or order.
If you are the non-custodial parent paying child support, don’t wait until the court holds you in contempt for failing to abide by the terms of your divorce settlement or court order. This is a time to be proactive. The attorney can establish workable child support arrangements throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We also offer experienced legal counsel in the modification and enforcement of standing orders of support.
Child Support Enforcement
Failure to pay child support can impact your credit history, result in garnishment of wages, loss of your driver’s license and/or passport, and possibly even jail time. In extreme cases, the state may act to seize certain assets or property. As our world becomes increasingly wired, it has become easier and easier for individuals to be tracked and located. Individuals who fail to pay child support run the risk of encountering substantial legal and financial difficulty later – even if they manage to avoid problems initially.
Modifying Child Support Payments
If illness or the loss of employment creates the need to increase the child support received or decrease the amount paid, a modification of child support may be appropriate. An informal verbal agreement between you and your ex-spouse or parent of your child will not be enforceable and could lead to future legal complications. Our lawyers can prepare all the necessary documentation for you to petition the court to seek a modification of the amount of child support you may receive or pay.