A contested divorce is the kind of divorce where both parties cannot amicably agree over how to settle their divorce. Perhaps they do not agree on matters such as child support and alimony. Contested divorces are notorious for being lengthy and emotionally draining. Our firm predominantly handles contested divorces and provides the aggressive and relentless representation merited by these cases.
While many individuals choose to file for divorce on their own, we highly discourage this practice. Filing for divorce without legal assistance can unnecessarily place your rights and interests in danger. This is especially true in the case of contested divorces. You need to have a passionate and tough advocate on your side who will fiercely protect your rights in court.
It is impossible to exactly predict how a family law court judge will rule regarding spousal maintenance because a variety of factors are taken into consideration. In the state of Texas, spousal maintenance is decided by taking a look at the length of the marriage, whether or not one spouse was the homemaker, his or her earning ability, and age of the spouse seeking spousal maintenance, to name a few. The chances of obtaining the spousal maintenance amount you wish to receive are greatly enhanced when you have legal representation.
I think I am one of the few who knew from a relatively early age that I wanted to be a lawyer. I originally wanted to be a commercial litigator. However, I was unexpectedly pulled into a family law matter and found that I really enjoyed this area of law. I am certainly glad it turned out that way. I found my niche in family law and could not be happier about it.
No, I am currently the only family law attorney in my family, although my daughter has just started law school. My father was a CPA, and his side of the family was full of people who worked in finance. When I let my father know I was determined to go to law school, he actually put a bumper sticker on my bedroom door that read “Tigers eat their young.” I was heavily influenced by some of my teachers in high school, one of whom was a lawyer as well as the soccer coach. I took a debate class from him that really solidified by desire to be a lawyer. I also had an English teacher who taught me to always put forth my best effort and not to do just the bare minimum. I have continued to apply these same principles throughout my career.
Absolutely not! When I got out of law school, I knew that there were two areas of law I would never practice; Family law and tax. I held true on my promise not to practice tax law. With family law, it just kind of happened. My background was in business litigation and one of my business clients, was getting a divorce. I ended up representing the companies in the context of the divorce proceedings and other ancillary litigation. That case went on for a significant amount time. After that, I started receiving a lot of referrals on divorce cases and with some sage advice from my wife at the time, I decided to move into family law on a full-time basis.
I definitely enjoy the additional courtroom time that comes with Plano, TX family law matters as compared to the fewer courtroom appearances that I had in business litigation. Additionally, family law requires you to stay informed about so many different areas of law that it is both intellectually stimulating and challenging at the same time. However, I get the most satisfaction from helping individuals overcome one of the most challenging times in their lives. Going through divorce or other family law litigation can be incredibly difficult both emotionally and financially. To help clients navigate these complex family law matters from the beginning to the end is unbelievably rewarding.
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