Plano Family Law Attorneys
Our Plano Location
Goranson Bain Ausley – Plano Office
7160 N. Dallas Parkway
Plano, TX 75024
Getting a Divorce in Plano
Divorce and family law matters can be the most challenging and trying times anyone can experience. With Goranson Bain Ausley at your side, you’ll move forward with a trusted partner. Our Plano family lawyers are among the most respected and accomplished in Texas. They bring the skill, knowledge, and problem-solving necessary to protect your priorities. We serve clients throughout Plano, including Legacy Town Center North, Hills at Prestonwood, Arbor Hills, Cottonwood Park, Kings Gate, White Rock Creek, West Plano/Willow Bend, Preston Meadow, and the surrounding areas. The divorce attorneys at GBA Family law understand the distress caused by divorce and our first priority is to help our clients get the resolution they need and with it, the confidence and security to move forward with their lives.
Divorcing with Children
Getting a divorce when children are involved complicates matters in a way that places incredible stress on parents. We know that amid emotional and often financial turmoil, your commitment to your children is paramount. You need an experienced divorce lawyer who can handle your case with as little interruption to your daily life as possible so that you can concentrate on what’s important. Goranson Bain Ausley has represented many parents in Plano and throughout Texas. We mark our success in representing our clients not only by results, but by easing the burdens placed on them and their children throughout the entire divorce process.
About GBA Family Law
Our legal team has consistently been nationally recognized as a top law firm. In 2022, Goranson Bain Ausley was recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® as one of America’s “Best Law Firms.” Our attorneys have also been named Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Women Lawyers and D Magazine Best Lawyers, to name a few of our accolades. At Goranson Bain Ausley, we want you to have a positive legal experience and are committed to serving you with integrity and empathy. When facing a family law matter, turn to the lawyers who provide clarity about what comes next and confidence that your future interests are more secure.
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.
Divorce Options in The State of Texas
The divorce process is generally a reflection of the status of the relationship at the time it ends. You and your spouse may be on good terms and opt for a negotiated or Collaborative Divorce. Similarly, you may wish to mediate the terms of a divorce as a means of avoiding litigation. Your divorce may be “no-fault”, which is the standard in Texas, or it may be fault based depending on the circumstances.
To understand all your options, we recommend consulting an experienced divorce attorney, so you can make informed decisions on your best path forward. We have been exclusively handling family law and divorce cases for 40 years in Plano and throughout Texas. A capable, experienced divorce lawyer can save you time, money, and stress by advising you on the best course of action as either the petitioner or respondent.
Beginning the Divorce Process
The process of divorce begins when either you or your spouse file an “Original Petition for Divorce” with the county court in which one or both of you resides (Collin, Denton, Dallas, Hunt, Grayson, etc.), which is typically handled by an attorney. If you’re the one seeking the divorce, you are the petitioner. If you are served a divorce petition from your spouse, you are the respondent. Eligibility for a divorce in Texas requires that the petitioner has lived in-state for no less than 6 months and in the county in which he or she is filing for divorce for at least ninety days.
In addition, a “Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship” will need to be included with the original divorce petition if you and your spouse have had or adopted children during the time you’ve been married.
What Happens Next?
Once the process is underway, our job is to represent you and your best interests moving forward.
If your divorce is uncontested, both parties must be satisfied with a mutually approved settlement agreement. We work with our clients to achieve an agreement that works for them, anticipating small problems that may arise during the process and guiding our clients to a resolution before those minor issues have a chance to turn into big problems that only costly litigation can solve. Once a settlement agreement is reached, we file on your behalf and await approval from the court.
If, however, there are contested issues that cannot be resolved outside of litigation, your highly experienced GBA Family Law attorney will litigate the divorce on your behalf. The presiding court judge will take both parties’ interests into account and draft a divorce decree that must be signed by both parties to finalize the divorce.
The Bottom Line
The decision to end a marriage is a difficult one, and divorce can be just as devastating for those who initiate the process as it is for those who are on the receiving end of a petition. It can present financial problems that won’t be resolved overnight for one or both spouses, and it can be especially heart wrenching for those who will no longer be able to be full time parents as a result of joint custody. As you navigate the emotional and financial toll that accompanies divorce, it’s important to have a dedicated, knowledgeable family law attorney working on your behalf.