Divorce

Under the Texas Family Code, the laws regulating divorce, child custody, visitation and child support are complex and frequently change, following every legislative session. To effectively represent family law clients and assist them to make informed decisions, a divorce attorney must be familiar with and skilled at managing family law matters, especially given that, rarely, are these cases entirely uncontested or negotiated to a speedy resolution. Mr. Warner's experience achieving positive outcomes for his clients enables him to undertake representation of family law clients with confidence and poise. Unanticipated issues arise in almost every family law case, which a family law attorney must overcome with limited preparation. Mr. Warner focuses on Texas family law issues, including all matters pertaining to child custody, child support, property division, child custody modification and divorce; therefore, clients are assured that their concerns are understood and represented, regardless of the difficulty in advocating their interests. Mr. Warner understands and is well-acquainted with the law, and knows how to use the law to assist his clients in these emotional and, often, difficult cases.

Before you decide to divorce, I recommend that you explore marital counseling, through a licensed marriage counselor and/or spiritual advisor, including a priest, pastor or rabbi. Often, many marriages can be saved, if you invest your time and resources in counseling. At any time, before a divorce is finalized, the parties are encouraged to resolve their differences, amicably, if possible. An attorney must never pressure or cajole parties into divorce, but should always remain open to and encourage reconciliation. James M. Warner believes that his success is not measured by the volume of cases he handles, professional accolades earned or fees accumulated, but by the satisfaction and happiness of his clients. Consequently, given the expense and heartache accompanying divorce, Mr. Warner will always counsel his clients to abandon or dismiss the divorce proceeding, if they are hopeful and prepared to pursue a continuation of the relationship.

Nevertheless, if you are prepared for and committed to a divorce, then attempt to discuss with your spouse the following preliminary issues:

  1. What visitation schedule or periods of time you want to spend with the children?
  2. What rights will each parent have to the children, including who will designate the child's primary residence and make final decisions regarding the child's welfare?
  3. How will health insurance be provided for the child?
  4. Who will pay child support?
  5. How will other childcare expenses be divided, including day care, athletic fees, school tuition, uninsured expenses and any costs for a child with special needs?
  6. How real and personal property will be divided and, if necessary, managed?
  7. How will debts be divided?

The foregoing questions are very important, because at the initial consultation, and throughout the divorce process, the more information you can share with and provide to Mr. Warner, the better able he is to design a successful case strategy. Case strategy is dependant, in no small part, upon client communication, which requires preparation by the client. Thus, Mr. Warner provides to the client a detailed questionnaire that will guide him in providing advice and guidance to his clients, and meeting their expectations.

Finally, property can become as contentious as child custody. Unfortunately, some parties will attempt to hide assets or income to affect the division of the marital estate. Mr. Warner has the background in real estate, business and property law to identify and trace the martial assets and debts, so that his clients obtain their fair share of the marital estate, and are not burdened with undisclosed or concealed debts.

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