Once you've made the difficult decision to end your marriage, the next important step is selecting an attorney who will protect your interests and put you in the best possible position to carry on with life following divorce. I am Rick L. Mahler, Attorney at Law, and I have represented residents throughout north Texas in divorce since 2007.
The attorney-client relationship is critical to success in any area of law, but perhaps this is especially true in divorce and other family law matters. Emotions run high and so do the stakes. If you are a parent of minor children, you are undoubtedly concerned about maintaining a strong relationship with your kids. Divorce also presents tremendous financial challenges for many individuals as they transition from a two-income household to getting by on a single income.
A Personalized Approach That Produces Effective Solutions
From the very first meeting with a client — a free consultation, by the way — I focus on reducing the uncertainty of divorce. By adhering to a highly personalized approach and a commitment to responsiveness, I help my clients pinpoint and prioritize their concerns. We walk through all options together and develop a strategy to reach all goals regarding:
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Spousal support/alimony
- Division of marital property and debts
- Post-decree modifications
- Relocation following divorce
In order to file for divorce in Texas, at least one of the parties must have been a resident of the state for the previous six months and a resident of the county that he or she is filing in for a minimum of 90 days.
Texas is a "no fault" divorce state, meaning it is not required to have grounds for divorce in order to file. However, if a spouse contributed to the divorce it may be taken into consideration by the court when determining distribution of marital property. Examples of contributions leading to divorce include committing adultery, abuse, abandonment (for a minimum of one year) or being incarcerated for at least one year or in a mental hospital for at least three years.
I Protect Your Rights In Divorce
Whether you expect your divorce to be resolved amicably through negotiations, or there is a good chance it will be contentious and litigation is likely, it is important to retain the services of an experienced lawyer who will protect your interests while resolving your case as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
It all starts with the free consultation in my Wichita Falls office. Contact me to schedule an appointment.