Get Control Over Your Choices
There are more than 82,000 divorces in Texas each year. When you need an attorney to guide you through this important, life-changing event, I’m here to help.
Speaking with an attorney early on about your case can be extremely beneficial and place you way ahead of your spouse when it comes time to negotiate for property division and many other benefits — either for yourself or for your kids.
You may be feeling overwhelmed and dreading a long, complicated legal process. Our focus is on giving our clients power and control over their choices.
AN ATTORNEY WHO CARES!
I am always careful when selecting an attorney to represent me. I have always viewed the industry as a “for profit” business. After meeting with Cathy, I felt like she was a family member helping me out compared to it being a business transaction. She handled my Divorce and Child custody case with deep insight and really analyzed the complex situation. She was never shy to ask questions and took the time to understand what I really wanted out of the case. I had previously had two consultations and this time I felt the difference of what I wanted. In the end, everything I wanted I received plus more. I could not have made a better choice.
4-Step Guide to a Stress Free Divorce
Here’s a guide to the compassionate, expert help you can expect from the Lockhart Law Firm.
Take the free Consultation
We start with a conversation of at least 15 minutes, so I can hear your story and learn some details about your situation — and I know you will have many questions. We get to know one another a little, to ensure a good fit as attorney and client.
I’ll also ask you several questions. I will need you to be completely honest with me about any problems or issues. As your attorney, I must be ready to protect and defend you on any issues that may be brought up.
I’ll also need you to understand that, while I listen carefully to everything you say and will work as hard as I can to represent you and your interests, I will also listen carefully to what the other side is saying so I can fully advise you and resolve your issues to your satisfaction. The truth prevails, so it is essential that you be as honest with me as I will be with you. Everyone has a story — and if I know your story, I will be able to help you navigate through this emotional and difficult time.
Complete The Retainer Agreement
After your initial consultation, if it is your decision to proceed with dissolution of marriage, and if you and I feel we are a good fit as attorney and client, we execute a retainer agreement.
Our fees typically range from $3,000 – $50,000 or more, depending on the complexity of the case. Issues that cause the retainer fee to be either lower or higher may include:
- Child custody dispute
- Prenuptial agreement/post-nuptial agreements
- One spouse resides outside Texas or the U.S.
- Business ownership evaluation
- Military divorce and/or retirement pay divisions and enforcements
- Child support
Payment terms can be arranged. We accept Visa and Mastercard.
Create A Plan To Protect Your Rights
I will evaluate your situation and advise you of your options under the law. Our goal is to help you make decisions that protect your legal rights, and that are in the best interests of your family and any children.
We will review and discuss legal grounds for divorce, residency requirements and required waiting periods, and I will file the official divorce petition, get a temporary restraining order if necessary, or file the appropriate responses if you have been served.
I will represent you through all negotiations with the goal of crafting a divorce settlement that meets your needs. When out-of-court divorce settlement cannot be reached, I have the resources and experience to prepare your case and effectively represent you in court. We have a proven track record in Texas courts with cases involving children, custody disputes, large inheritances, property and business ownership, military retirement and many other issues.
We will advise you before any decisions are made, answer all your questions and address all concerns. We will keep you informed at all stages of the legal process and we’ll need you to keep our office fully aware of any communications and developments. This is your case and you will be empowered to make the right decisions by being fully informed of the law.
Gather All Documents
Before you file for divorce in Texas — if possible, even before you break the news to your spouse — start collecting the documents you’ll need for your divorce. Don’t wait! Documents you need may disappear, causing delays.
If you can’t find the documents, you may have to obtain them from your spouse’s lawyer, which can increase costs. If you and your spouse have an amicable separation, consider making copies of these documents to share with one another.
You’ll need to gather all the legal documents that describe you, your spouse, any children, and any assets. Feel free to use our Divorce Data Check List
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