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Helping People Start New Lives® NORTH TEXAS FAMILY LAWYERS

Experienced Family Lawyers in Denton County, TX

Serving Individuals & Families in Denton County, 
Highland Village, Flower Mound, Lewisville & Carrollton

At North Texas Family Lawyers, our tenacious team of family law attorneys combines legal knowledge with creative strategies to bring stability and security to your situation. We understand that divorce and its related issues can take an emotional toll on everyone. We have the skills to assist you with care and compassion through this challenging time. 

Our greatest priority is to protect your best interests when facing divorce and other family law matters. We understand that your decisions now can impact you for the rest of your life. 

Need help with your divorce or other family law issue? Contact one of our team members online or at (972) 402-6367 to schedule a consultation.

  • Board Certified Family Law
  • Martindale- Hubbell Client Reviewed
  • AV- Preeminent William 2024
  • Best Law Firms 2024
  • Best Lawyers 2024 - William
  • Super Lawyers William 2023
  • Super Lawyers Chad 2023
  • AV- Preeminent William 2023

Get Unique Representation at A Premier Family Law Firm

No two divorces are the same. They are subject to individualized circumstances and people with unique needs and objectives. At North Texas Family Lawyers, we tailor our services to you. Our team is here to help you navigate the many changes that come with your circumstances. Does your case call for an aggressive lawyer with fierce courtroom skills? Or would your interests be better served by a lawyer noted for a gentle, diplomatic demeanor? We cover both and so much more.

Our team of lawyers provides clients with efficient and effective representation using extensive family law experience. One of our attorneys, Bill Neal, is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We also have onboard a paralegal who is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Board Certification is only granted to lawyers and paralegals who have “substantial, relevant experience” in their area of law, who have completed advanced legal education and have passed a rigorous exam. According to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, these professional experts provide the highest quality of legal representation. 

Practice Areas

Our Denton County family law attorneys represent clients in a variety of family matters including uncontested, contested, same-sex, high net-worth, and collaborative divorce; child support; paternity; child custody; parenting plans; marital property division; marital agreements; grandparents’ rights; adoption; and contested probate

Our comprehensive services also include assistance with mental health issues related to divorce, international custody, multi-state custody and support litigation, and mediation/alternate dispute resolutions (ADR)

No matter how difficult or complex your divorce or family law matter may be, our capable team has the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you resolve it using the legal methods that will uniquely align with your needs and goals. 

Understanding The Challenges of Divorce

Divorce is a significant life event that many spouses come to consider after enduring prolonged dissatisfaction or conflict within their marriage. While the decision to divorce can often bring a sense of relief and a path to a fresh start, it is not without its challenges.

Issues such as property division, child custody, spousal support, and determining an equitable distribution of assets can be stressful and contentious. Moreover, navigating the legal system and understanding your rights and obligations can be overwhelming, especially under the strain of emotional distress.

This is where problems commonly arise; without proper guidance and support, spouses can find themselves facing prolonged conflicts, increased financial burdens, and significant emotional tolls that affect not just the involved parties, but the entire family.

How Our Denton County Divorce Attorneys Can Help

At North Texas Family Lawyers, our Denton County divorce attorneys are dedicated to mitigating the stress and complications associated with divorce. We provide a compassionate yet strategic approach to protect your best interests and ensure a smoother transition. Our team is equipped to handle even the most challenging situations with professionalism and care.

With our extensive experience, we guide you through every step of the legal process and work tirelessly to resolve conflicts amicably and efficiently.

Testimonials

read what our clients have to say
  • “Choosing this law firm to handle my child custody issue was the best decision I ever made.”
    “They were not only able to get me more than I hoped for both for myself and my children but they did it in record time being that TIME was of the essence in my case.”
    - Naini C.
  • “We highly recommend Mr. Neal and his team.”
    “He truly practices by high ethical standards, and we are so appreciative of his wise counsel.”
    - Denise S.
  • “I was referred to these guys, and they took care of EVERYTHING!”
    “My ex and her buddy are still trying to figure the mess out on her end, where mine is TOTALLY DONE! Wish I had these guys representing me in my divorce!!!!”
    - Joe B.
  • “North Texas Family Lawyers by far met all my expectations in a law firm.”
    “The entire staff is professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. They also did a great job of keeping all clients informed since some of us were out of state.”
    - Elizabeth M.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Alternatives to Divorce Litigation in Texas

    In a recent, tentative ruling, a superior court judge in Los Angeles County voided the disputed marital property agreement between Frank and Jamie McCourt – an agreement Frank McCourt claimed made him the sole owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 100-page ruling by Judge Scott Gordon not only opens the door to a possible sale of the franchise, but also warns of additional and protracted litigation on the horizon. The contentious divorce is reportedly one of the most expensive in California history; it included a trial lasting 11 days in September.

    Protracted litigation may weigh heavily in the minds many divorcing couples. There are, however, alternatives to courtroom litigation. Couples who arrive at resolutions in other ways may retain more control over the outcome of their property settlements and custody arrangements, while saving time and expense when compared to traditional litigation.

    Nonlitigation Options for Divorcing Couples

    Approximately 95 percent of Texas divorces are settled by agreement. The appropriate divorce option for each couple depends on the needs of the spouses and family members. Some alternatives may not be appropriate for cases involving allegations of abuse. Among the common divorce options are the following alternatives:

    Uncontested Divorce

    When the spouses agree on the terms of the divorce, the case is uncontested. In an uncontested divorce, usually only one spouse hires an attorney to draft and file the divorce documents, and go to court to have the agreement approved. The unrepresented spouse may be able to ask questions of the attorney, but the attorney will not represent both parties. Alternatively, both parties may wish to hire their own attorney to make sure that the written settlement correctly reflects the actual agreement.

    This can be the fastest and least expensive option for divorcing spouses. After the divorce petition is filed, there is a 60-day waiting period in Texas. Once the 60 days have expired, the final divorce decree can be signed by both sides and presented to the judge for approval and signature.

    Some parties may be tempted to create their own documents or to complete do-it-yourself forms online. Without the benefit of legal counsel, spouses may not accurately transcribe the terms of their agreement. If there is an imbalance in information available or bargaining power, one spouse may not understand what he or she is giving up in the agreement.

    Collaborative Law

    In the collaborative law model, the parties are each represented by an attorney, but agree to focus their efforts on settlement. The parties sometimes work with a team of collaborative professionals, including mental health and financial professionals, all working towards reaching a settlement that is in the interests of both parties.

    Collaborative law is a client-driven process. The more relaxed and cooperative setting for the discovery and negotiation processes can expedite the divorce. Collaborative divorce replaces the adversarial focus on winning with a spirit of collaboration and involvement. These changes may help minimize the negative impact of divorce both on the couple and any children of the marriage.

    Couples who are not able to reach a final agreement through collaborative law may still take their cases to court, but will need to hire new counsel.

    Mediation

    In mediation, a neutral mediator facilitates the settlement negotiation. The mediator can offer the husband and wife an unbiased perspective. By acting as a neutral party and facilitating communication between the spouses, the mediator helps couples work to reach a settlement agreement.

    Mediation can be completed voluntarily, or the spouses may be required to attempt reaching a mediated agreement before they are allowed to go to trial. The parties may also choose to be individually represented by attorneys in mediation.

    Divorce Litigation

    Litigation can provide resolution for couples who are unable to settle in other ways. It can force a reluctant spouse to deal with the division of assets and liabilities, and address important issues of child custody and support. Divorce litigation can be expensive financially and emotionally. It can be time-consuming and, ultimately the decision will be made by a judge who does not know the couple or children involved.

    Couples contemplating divorce should consult with a knowledgeable family law attorney. A lawyer can discuss their options for pursuing an efficient, cost-effective resolution that minimizes the emotional strain on the couple and any children involved.

  • National Adoption Month Activities in Texas

    For Shari Pulliam of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Christmas likely comes early. Since November is National Adoption Awareness Month, Pulliam finds joy in seeing children find homes so that they may enjoy the Christmas season with caring families. Across the state of Texas, mass adoptions and awareness events were held across the state to highlight the plight of foster children waiting for permanent homes and a chance at normal lives. These events culminated with National Adoption Day on November 20th.

    In speaking with The Record Newspapers, Pulliam says “Thousands of older foster children are asking themselves, ‘Why not me? Why can’t I have a family?'” Adoptive parent Shelly Manning understands the apprehension many prospective adoptive parents have about foster children; that they are somehow damaged. Manning, however, believes that adoptive children are no more damaged than any other child.

    Texas’ DFPS launched its “Why Not Me?” campaign in 2007 to raise awareness about foster children. Since then, adoptions have increased dramatically. In 2009, 4,772 abused or neglected children and teens were adopted from state care. Unfortunately, more than 5,800 children are still waiting for new homes. Among them, older children (ages 10-17) comprise the largest group at 41 percent. Over a third of waiting foster children are African-American.

    Adoption in Texas

    The adoption process in Texas has several steps. Prospective parents begin with informational meetings to learn about the adoptive process. They then proceed through an assessment by DFPS to gather information about the parents’ home, mental and physical stability and readiness for adoption. They attend a 35-hour training called PRIDE (Parent Resource Information Development Education) to understand the transitions that will take place, how children bond with parents, and how to deal with problems that may arise.

    Every adoption has a home visit, where a DFPS advocate inspects the parents’ home and produces a report detailing potential safety hazards, assessing parenting abilities, and identifying key qualities for matching. The report certifies the parents’ ability to adopt, and the actual matching process follows. Prospective parents will review children’s profiles and have meetings to find an ideal match.

    The process concludes with a court determining that the prospective parents meet the legal requirements for adoption, that the child is eligible to be adopted, and that the parents agree to adopt the child. The court will memorialize its findings in an Order, and the adoption will be permanent.

    For additional questions about the process and the legal requirements for adoption, contact an experienced family law attorney.

  • Many women lose health insurance following divorce

    When couples divorce, they are generally concerned about how to divide assets and deal with the custody of their children. There is, however, another issue often overlooked during a divorce: health insurance.

    It should not be, because according to research conducted by the University of Michigan, approximately 115,000 women lose their health insurance following divorces each year. In fact, after studying data from 1996 to 2007, sociologists found that 65,000 women found themselves without health insurance within months of ending their marriage.

    The study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, also found that women who have insurance through their own employers are less likely to lose their coverage compared to their counterparts who did not. However, they do not get out of the marriage completely unscathed insurance-wise. Oftentimes, the change in household finances makes it difficult for women to pay their contributions to the employee health insurance they do have.

    Ways to Get Health Insurance After a Divorce

    Medicaid/Medicare. If you make a low income and have children, you may be eligible for Medicaid to cover your insurance needs. If you do not have children, you may also be able to get these benefits, though it can be extremely difficult. Depending on your age, Medicare may be an option as well.

    COBRA. Those who received health care from their spouse’s employer often can receive benefits through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for 36 months. However, the monthly payments for this type of insurance can be expensive.

    In addition, if you are considering this option, you must take into account how this coverage may affect your health insurance options after your COBRA coverage runs out. If you become ill while on COBRA, you run the risk that another insurance company may look at the illness as a pre-existing condition.

    Private coverage. If you are unemployed or unable to qualify for health insurance through your employer, you may consider getting private insurance. Private insurance is even sometimes more affordable than getting COBRA coverage through your ex-spouse’s employer. In some cases, alimony or spousal maintenance requests may be crafted to cover the costs of insurance coverage especially when long-term marriages end.

    Coverage from employer. Divorce is considered a qualifying event, so if you lose your health insurance through your ex’s employer, be sure to contact your human resources department in order to apply for a new policy with its insurance company. There is no need to try to time finalizing a divorce with open enrollment.

    If you lose your insurance during your divorce, it can have devastating consequences. Contact a qualified family law attorney who can represent your interests and assist you through the divorce process.

Why Hire Us?

We know you have many choices when it comes to selecting a family lawyer. 

At North Texas Family Lawyers, we offer the following:

  • Experts in family law through Board Certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Highly experienced attorneys and staff
  • Comprehensive services that cover life issues related to divorce and family law.
  • A team dedicated exclusively to issues related to the family; we do nothing else
  • An emphasis on genuine client care and service
  • Legal solutions tailored to your unique circumstances, needs, and goals

Reach out to us to schedule your consultation with a Denton County family law attorney at (972) 402-6367 or by sending us your contact details in our online request form.

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