Dallas Family Law Attorneys
Our Dallas Location
Goranson Bain Ausley – Dallas Office
8350 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
Getting a Divorce in Dallas
Choosing to divorce is one of the most difficult decisions you can make in life. Once you take this first step, there are many paths you can follow. We’re here to show you the way. What sets Goranson Bain Ausley apart from other Dallas family law firms is our highly skilled team of family law practitioners and our reputation for delivering an exceptional client-centered service. From mediation to litigation, our attorneys have the participatory knowledge that only a seasoned divorce lawyer possesses through years of successful practice. That’s what it takes to be a part of our firm. So, whether you live in Highland Park, Oak Cliff, Lakewood or anywhere in or around Dallas proper, you can be confident with GBA Family Law, you will have the support and guidance of a highly experienced team of family lawyers.
Divorcing With Children
Custody and child support issues associated with divorce can be contentious. Our lawyers understand the intricacies of Texas divorce law pertaining to children. We serve our clients by offering sound legal advice and representation that focuses on keeping the family relationship with your children intact.
About GBA Family Law
We take great pride in providing exceptional legal service to our clients. Our dedication to family law is consistently recognized in the legal and Dallas community. Our Dallas team includes three former judges and twenty-four Board-Certified lawyers. When you hire a family lawyer at our firm, you are hiring esteemed representation. Many of our attorneys have repeatedly been named among the “Best Lawyers” in Dallas by D Magazine, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.
Contact Our Team
If you find yourself approaching a divorce or family law issue, we are here to help. Please get in touch with us by completing the contact form below, calling one of our three offices, or by getting started with our confidential online questionnaire.
Is Texas a No-Fault State?
Texas is a “no fault” divorce state, though petitioners can petition for a fault-based divorce in cases where doing so is necessary or advantageous. Similarly, spouses may agree on much or all of the division of assets or may be far apart on what each spouse feels is fair. GBA Family Law represents our client’s best interests by focusing on their desired outcome while simultaneously helping them to make informed choices and consider reasonable compromises that will lead to a finalized divorce decree.
Beginning The Divorce Process
The divorce process begins when one spouse files an “Original Petition for Divorce” with the court in the county where he or she resides (Dallas, Rockwell, Kaufman, Ellis, Denton, or any of the other surrounding counties). The petition filer is known as the petitioner and the spouse receiving the petition (via being served notification, usually by someone from the local Sheriff’s Office) is the respondent, though both spouses can decide to file together as joint petitioners.
One of the spouses in the divorce must be a Texas resident for at least six months and have been a resident in the county in which the petition is filed for no less than the preceding ninety days.
A “Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship” is added to the divorce petition for spouses with children.
What Happens Next?
How the divorce proceeds depends on whether the petitioner and respondent agree on most or all issues or if there are significant disagreements. Mediation can often help resolve issues and keep both parties out of court. Your attorney will negotiate with your spouse’s legal representation with your instruction.
If the parties to the divorce are unable to come to an agreement, any outstanding issues may be litigated in court. In court, your lawyer will present your case and make all arguments on your behalf. Your spouse’s lawyer will do the same for your spouse. At the end of the proceedings, the judge will take all arguments into consideration and issue a decree that both parties must sign before the divorce is finalized.
The Bottom Line
Whether an acrimonious split or amicably deciding to part ways, divorce is never easy. Hiring the best representation you can is the first step toward a successful resolution so that you can concentrate on your future. Our family law practice was built on the understanding that to best serve our clients, we must offer unparalleled representation and always guide them toward making the best possible decisions during the divorce process.