What We Do and How We Can Help You

How Can We Help You?

The Law Office of Dana L. White, PLLC is conveniently located in the heart of Southlake at 540 Silicon Drive, Suite #101.

  • Family Law
  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Employment Law
  • Contracts
  • Business Law
  • General Civil Litigation

The Law Office of Dana L. White, PLLC is a Southlake, Texas domestic relations law firm serving clients throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. At our office, we take a comprehensive approach to solving your family law matter, including you in the process so you can make informed decisions and know what to expect at every step.  We include the use of consultants in forensic psychiatry, forensic accounting, business/asset valuation and other professions as necessary to ensure that your needs are always adequately addressed. Our aim is to meet your needs and achieve your goals while simultaneously serving the best interests of the children involved.

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Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Consultations are by appointment only.  Call 817-917-8121 to schedule an appointment or contact us at attorneydanawhite@verizon.net.

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Competent, Reliable & Experienced Legal Help

Divorce is emotionally painful, and at the same time the legal process can be complicated and frightening.  At the Law Office of Dana L. White, PLLC, we recognize that our clients are going through a very difficult time in their lives, and it is our job to help them through it.  We advise our clients of their rights and protect their legal interests, while remaining respectful of the family relationships.

Issues at Stake in Divorce:

Divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage, and dissolving a marriage is like dissolving a business.  Failing to properly deal with all of the issues may have devastating, expensive or irreparable consequences in the future.

Issues at stake in a divorce include:

  • Division of assets
  • Division of debt
  • Spousal maintenance or alimony
  • Federal income tax liability

Further, if there are children under the age of 18 years, issues to be addressed may also include:

  • Child support
  • Custody (rights and duties of each parent)
  • Periods of visitation
  • Geographical restriction
  • Payment of health insurance and healthcare expenses
  • Passport and travel provisions
  • Custody or control of children’s property

Assets to be divided in divorce include but are not limited to:

  • Real estate
  • Mineral interests
  • Retirement accounts
  • Investment accounts
  • Club memberships
  • Checking and savings accounts
  • Furniture, equipment and appliances
  • Life insurance policies with cash values
  • Airline and travel awards
  • Business entities

Both parties should get a recent credit report to make sure that all debt is addressed in the final decree.  Debts include:

  • Credit card debt
  • Medical bills
  • Student loans
  • Mortgages
  • Leases
  • Car notes
  • Tax debt

In an “uncontested” divorce, the parties basically agree to all of the terms.  Usually only one party is represented by an attorney.  The Respondent does not need to be served by a process server because he or she will sign a waiver.  Obviously this method is much less expensive, less stressful, and quicker than other types of divorce, but often is not possible due to the opposing views of the parties or the complicated nature of the case.

In a Collaborative Divorce, the parties resolve their differences outside the courtroom, in a private and less adversarial setting, with the help of specially-trained professionals. This process acknowledges the emotional needs and goals of each spouse.  Instead of having to follow a time table dictated by the court, the parties have the opportunity to schedule meeting times.  Further, the divorcing parties will reach an agreement that is tailored to meet their own needs instead of being forced to accept a one-size-fits-all solution that may be unsatisfactory to everyone involved.  Collaborative Law is based upon more than 30 years of research and the model is closely followed by the professionals involved. This is not the same thing as an “uncontested” divorce, or kitchen-table settlement.  The Collaborative attorneys and other professionals adhere to strict protocols, as well as the statutory rules of the Texas Family Code.

 

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Details on the Kind of Assistance We Can Provide You

At the Law Office of Dana L. White, PLLC we offer a variety of quality legal services at reasonable rates.  Our services include:

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Collaborative Law
  • Marital Property Agreements
  • Custody Disputes
  • Adoption / Termination
  • Paternity Actions
  • Guardianship
  • Enforcements / Contempt
  • WILLS & PROBATE
  • Simple Wills
  • Probate
  • Guardianship
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Medical POA
  • Healthcare Directives
  • CONTRACTS
  • Draft or Review
  • Disputes, Litigation
  • EMPLOYMENT LAW
  • Severance Packages
  • Employment Contracts
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • TWC Hearings
  • Wrongful Terminations
  • Teachers, school administrator employment
  • BUSINESS LAW
  • Legal Entities (LLC, Corp)
  • Non-profits
  • BANKRUPTCY
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  • LANDLORD/TENANT
  • Leases, Subleases
  • Disputes, eviction
  • GENERAL CIVIL LITIGATION
  • CERTIFIED MEDIATION

Legal Grounds for Divorce

In the state of Texas, divorce can be based as ”fault” or ”no fault.”  In a no fault divorce, the parties are simply stating that the marriage is not salvageable due to ”irreconcilable differences.”  A “fault-based” divorce requires a party to provide the court with a valid reason for the divorce.  In Texas, legal grounds for a fault-based divorce includes the following:

  • Adultery
  • Abandonment
  • Incurable insanity
  • Imprisonment for a felony conviction
  • Cruel and inhuman treatment

A Customized Approach Tailored to Your Specific Needs

At the Law Office of Dana L. White, PLLC, we know that every family situation is unique and presents its own distinctive set of legal and practical challenges. We approach your case ready to think outside the box and craft creative solutions that meet your specific needs.  We are particularly experienced in high net worth and difficult asset issues, as well as high-conflict and complicated child custody cases. As a fully-committed family law office, we are supportive of anybody who wants to serve the best interests of the child, be they the mother, father, grandparent or other family member or interested party.

Caring and Experienced Attorney Dedicated to Meeting Your Family Law Needs

You will find a warm and welcoming environment with a friendly legal team ready to greet you and help you through your family law crisis with dignity and grace. We know that you may be going through a difficult time, and our job is to ease that transition for you while constantly looking out for the best interests of you and your children. Let us help you. Call our office at 817-382-1006, or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our dedicated legal team.

From divorce to adoption, legal separation and annulment to name changes, and juvenile law to probate/wills/trusts, the Law Office of Dana L. White offers sound, practical advice and effective representation to meet your needs and goals while looking out for the best interests of your children. For help with your divorce or other family law matter from a dedicated, caring, experienced and successful Texas family law attorney, contact us now for an appointment
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