Family Law

Divorce Attorney – Southlake, Texas

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.

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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
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Challenges to Overcome

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.

Preparing for your Legal Appointment

Please print out the intake sheet below, complete it and bring it with you to your consultation. If you do not have your intake sheet with you when you come for your appointment, please plan to be at least 20 minutes early to your appointment.

Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage Intake Sheet

 

 

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