Arguably, no other area of the law touches lives more profoundly than Family Law. While Family Law addresses all legal family relations, such as prenuptual agreements, child custody, restraining orders, and adoption, the most common reason people seek an attorney with expertise in Family Law is to initiate divorce proceedings. Failing to hire an attorney to protect your interests during the divorce process can have serious long-term consequences, so it is wise to consult an attorney even if you believe that you and your spouse can agree to the terms of a divorce.
The decision to divorce is never easy, and most clients are anxious about making such a decision, or having the decision made for them by their spouse. When any of the “3 A’s” (addictions, affairs, or emotional/physical abuse) exist with no end in sight, a separation—at least—might be the best option even if there are minor children involved. However, the decision to divorce is a very personal decision, and you are in the best position to decide if divorce is right for you or your family.
Once you have decided that divorce is the best option for you, we hope that you will look at the Resources link provided on this page. Under Resources, we have gathered information on a variety of topics including “best practices” for telling children about a parent’s decision to seek a divorce, domestic violence, women’s shelters, and standing rules for spouses who will be entering a divorce. Protecting children from emotional (and physical) harm once the decision to divorce is made is of paramount importance. The standing rules primarily outline what behaviors divorcing spouses cannot undertake during the divorce process.
Far and away, the most preferred divorce negotiations are amicable processes. Non-hostile negotiations may be undertaken regardless of whether you follow a particular model such as mediation or “collaboration,” and most attorneys encourage parties to come to terms without litigation. Under Collaborative Law, spouses agree that they will not litigate the terms of the divorce, but will hash out all terms between themselves and their attorneys instead. If the spouses cannot agree to the terms under Collaborative Law, generally they must retain a new attorney to take a more adversarial approach, so a Collaborative approach may not be a good fit for your situation.
Just as in marriage, there are benefits and drawbacks to becoming single, and an attorney at Frankenberry Law will work with you closely to maximize the benefits, minimize the drawbacks, and help you find peace with this new journey in your life. We hope that it goes without saying that your attorney will be a passionate, and compassionate, advocate for you, as well as an aggressive litigator, if necessary to protect your, and your children’s, best interests.
Frankenberry Law handles an array of Family Law matters in Austin, Travis County, and surrounding counties, and does not charge for an initial consultation. Moreover, all consultations remain completely confidential. If you are seeking a divorce or establishment/modification of child custody, please complete the Client Intake form and bring with you to your consultation so that we will be able to quickly assess your case, You may also may simply email the information to us by simply type the information into an email, or attaching the completed form as a pdf before your appointment in case you think you might forget to bring it along.
Under the More Information link we have compiled articles on Family law matters written in plain language that may answer some of your questions before your consultation with us. If an urgent question arises after you set your appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time at 512-252-9937.