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Meeting a Family Law Attorney for the First Time? These Tips Can Help.

Perhaps your spouse just filed for divorce and now you need a lawyer on your side. Maybe you’re thinking about initiating divorce proceedings yourself. Or you might even have an emergency, such as a fear that your spouse is expecting a divorce and is moving money around. Whatever your situation, you’re looking for a Texas family law attorney, and you want to be prepared to make your meeting as productive as possible. 

At the Arlington office of The Schneider Law Firm, we help clients get through all types of family law issues, from divorce to adoption to domestic violence. As attorneys, our goals for our first meeting are to make you as comfortable as possible, learn about your situation, inform you of your options, and explain what we can do to help. For things to go as smoothly as possible, it’s a great idea to prepare yourself to provide a few pieces of helpful information.

1. Tell Us About You and Your Story

Having basic biographical information about yourself, your spouse and your children is very helpful. This includes simple things like names, phone numbers, place of work, birth dates, driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers, and similar items. 

It is also very useful to be able to tell us the story of your marriage or non-marital relationship. Think about how long you’ve been together, when you first met, any past relationship problems, the problems you’re having now, your children, good and bad traits you and your spouse have – these are all important. It’s a great idea to write it down, really think of it as a story. Your story helps your lawyer get to know you and your family and ask the right questions.

2. Ready Yourself to Share Personal Details

The relationship you develop with your Texas lawyer is based on honesty, trust and communication. For your attorney to be effective, he or she will need to know potentially uncomfortable and private details about you. Issues like domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and mental health history may be hard to share, but they are part of your story. Remember, your lawyer isn’t trying to judge you by asking about these things. The goal is to know everything that could be helpful in representing you and protecting your interests.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

It’s easy to be intimidated when you’re in a lawyer’s office. We’re here to tell you that you shouldn’t be. Attorneys are people, just like you. And when you meet with an attorney, you should feel comfortable asking questions and having a conversation, just like you would with anyone else. Pay attention to how the lawyer answers, and don’t be afraid to ask more questions to clarify things. You and your lawyer are a team, and the relationship is a two-way street. 

4. Make Sure You Understand What Happens Next

At the end of your first meeting, make sure you clearly understand what happens next. If you’ve decided to go ahead and hire the attorney, find out what he or she needs from you in order to start working on your case. Also, be sure to talk about any immediate steps you should take at home: Do you need protection from a violent spouse? Are there concerns about a child’s health or safety? If so, your attorney will be able to provide guidance on how to handle the situation.

We’re Here When You Need Us

Turn to the Arlington office of The Schneider Law Firm when you have any family law need in Texas. Our attorneys are friendly, experienced, and ready to get to know you. We offer a free initial consultation, and you can schedule yours by calling 817.799.7125 or contact us online.

5 Big Things to Know About Divorce in Texas

If your marriage has reached its end, whether it lasted a few years or a few decades, chances are you’re unsure about the process and what your life might look like during and after your divorce. It’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed; after all, life is changing.
The divorce attorneys at The Schneider Law Firm in Fort Worth, with decades of experience in family law, wanted to share answers to a few of the most common questions we receive from people when they first come to our office. There are obviously many more questions than these, and perhaps we’ll cover them in a future blog post, but we wanted to provide at least some insight here to help you get grounded.

1. Do We Need Fault Grounds to Get Divorced in Texas?

No, Texas is a no-fault divorce state. That means a spouse can file for divorce by simply claiming there are irreconcilable differences or that the marriage has become “insupportable,” which means there is a conflict of personalities that can’t be reconciled. No-fault divorces are by far the most common. However, judges can take fault into account in cases involving adultery, cruelty or abandonment. Fault can have an effect on property division.

2. Will Our Property Be Divided Equally?

Texas courts are not required to give each spouse an equal share of the marital property. The law says property division must follow a “just and equitable distribution.” That could mean, and often does mean, that one spouse ends up with more property, or property of higher value, than the other.

3. How Long Does a Divorce Take? Is There a “Quickie Divorce”?

It depends on what you think of as “quick.” Texas law has a mandatory minimum waiting period of 60 days before any divorce can be finalized. The 60 days begins on the day the divorce petition is filed. Additionally, if you are new to Texas, or new to a county in Texas, other waiting periods apply. Prior to filing for divorce, one of the spouses must have resided in the county for 90 days. And, one of the spouses must have been a Texas resident for at least six continuous months. Check out our full blog post on this topic.

4. What Happens With My Living Situation Once Divorce Is Filed?

If the parties cannot agree on living arrangements for themselves and their kids, then a temporary orders hearing will be held shortly after the initial divorce filing. These hearings are used to decide:

  • Where each spouse will live
  • An initial child custody arrangement
  • Temporary spousal support or child support
  • Which bills each spouse is responsible for paying
  • Who gets which vehicles
  • And other preliminary practical matters

5. Do We Go to Court Right Away After Filing?

Most cases, in fact, settle out of court. Mediation will be ordered in the vast majority of cases. Texas judges want the couple to work out the issues and only come to court in the last resort, because it is harder on children, and more expensive.

Our Fort Worth Lawyers Are Here to Help

The Schneider Law Firm has handled thousands of Texas divorces and our attorneys are ready to help protect you and your kids. Call our Fort Worth attorneys for a free consultation at817.755.1852 or contact us online today.

Sources:
https://texaslegal.org/texaslegal-blog/5-must-know-facts-about-divorce-in-texas#
https://smartasset.com/retirement/texas-divorce-laws
https://www.dmagazine.com/sponsored/2019/02/10-things-to-know-about-getting-a-divorce-in-texas/