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Contested Divorce

Skilled Lawyers for Complex Divorce Matters

It’s common for people to begin a contested divorce process with a lot of unsettled issues. With our contested divorce attorneys it is equally common for most or all of those issues to be resolved before it comes to a trial in Texas family court. But in a small percentage of cases, the disagreements are simply too important and a trial is necessary.

At the Schneider Law Firm, our family law attorneys care deeply about the clients we represent in contested divorce cases. We take a client-centered approach that puts you in the driver’s seat, with our legal knowledge and resources backing you up, helping you reach your goals. Call (817) 755-1852 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our skilled divorce lawyers.

Issues that Cause Problems in Contested Divorce Cases

While most people would like to think they can hammer out a quick agreement, that’s seldom what happens in real life. Common contested issues are property division, distribution of a pension, alimony, and child custody.

Fair Division of Assets: Our firm can handle complex divorce cases involving large estates, financial interests in a business, and division of a military or work pension. Even in a “simple” divorce, there may be questions about whether an inheritance or a “separate” property has become a marital asset. When needed, we access financial experts to help our clients feel confident they are being treated fairly in the property settlement agreement.

Child Custody Battles: We have worked with a number of clients who had challenging jobs with variable schedules, such as firefighters, police officers, airline pilots, and high-level executives. Our clients were caring parents, but the other parent questioned or contested how they handle parenting and work responsibilities and these contested divorce cases ended up in family court. Our goal is to help you find workable solutions to child custody that safeguard your relationship with your child. We do that in negotiations as well as at trial, if that’s what it takes to protect your parental rights.

Fault and Other Emotional Issues: Sometimes the biggest stumbling block to an uncontested divorce is emotional. A spouse is mad and unwilling to compromise. A parent harbors fears about the parenting ability of the other parent, leading him or her to make claims of unfitness. In such cases, our divorce attorneys take aggressive action to protect our clients’ rights and interests.
We often take contested divorce cases to court. We don’t shy away from the hard work of preparing for trial; in fact, that’s where we shine. By preparing every case as if it will go to trial, we are prepared to succeed in the face of challenges.

Call Our Office to Speak to a Contested Divorce Attorney

Whether you live in Southlake, Keller, Colleyville, Grapevine HEB, Mansfield, or Arlington call or email us to schedule a free initial consultation. We have two offices for your convenience, Fort Worth call (817) 755-1852, Arlington call (817) 799-7125. Learn more about how we can help you put your best foot forward in a divorce that has messy or complicated issues.


  • Great Lawyer in court and out

    Had a tough interstate custody case with my ex. Mike was awesome and made sure my kid end up here with me where he belonged. Highly recommend.


  • E. Jenkins

    In the summer of 2013 I found myself visiting multiple legal firms in the FTW area. I was searching for the perfect person and firm to represent me. I was filing for custody of my very young daughter. When I met Melissa Swan, I knew that my search was over. She immediately had a game plan and made me feel very secure. Anytime I had a question, Priscilla and Jason made sure that it was answered in a timely manner. We spent less than a year, and after it was all said and done, I have primary custody of my daughter. I would say hiring Ms. Swan and Schneider Law Firm was one of the smartest decisions I have ever made.

    E. Jenkins
  • B. Davis

    In 2012 I found myself looking for a lawyer. I found Schneider Law Firm. I went in for my consultation, and then met with Melissa Swan. Melissa is very understanding and handled my case with care.

    B. Davis
  • R. Carson

    My lawyer was Alison Porterfield she was the best thing that could have ever happened to my family during our custody battle. She was so proficient and caring.

    R. Carson
  • A. Hoover

    Absolutely the best law firm around when it comes to Family Law. I first came into contact with Melissa Swan in 2013 and I only wish our paths would have crossed way before. Melissa is outstanding and has been a total lifesaver for my daughter and myself. She, along with Priscilla and Laurie have gone above and beyond. I would highly recommend Melissa Swan.

    A. Hoover
  • K. Whitworth

    Bria Wallace represented me in a family case. I would and have recommended her to many friends who were or have been in the same situation as I was. She is very professional and honest. She helped me get the most precious thing back to me. Thank you Bria.

    K. Whitworth
  • N. Dood

    Melissa Swan was absolutely brilliant at handling a family law appeal judgement for me. Appeals in family court are VERY difficult, but she cared enough to really dig deep and make a bullet-proof appeal case and WINNING! Would highly recommend.

    N. Dood
  • K. Holloway

    Melissa swan did great ! Won our child custody case hands down. Rough start finding right attorneys but finished strong .Also won our child support case too ,in same case.

    K. Holloway
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