Your Family. Your Future. Our Experience.

Going through divorce or any family law challenge can make you feel vulnerable and uncertain about the best way forward. You’re in an unfamiliar place, facing a myriad of life-changing questions. Where do you turn for answers, advice, and guidance? Whom can you trust?

The family lawyers of Goranson Bain Ausley have been counsel to clients like you for more than 40 years. You’ll work with some of the most respected, accomplished, and ethical family lawyers in Texas—people who always have your back and your best interests at heart. Together, we deliver clarity about what comes next and confidence that you and your family’s future are more secure.

Taking Care of What’s Important to You. Here’s How.

Every divorce attorney at Goranson Bain Ausley strives for your optimal outcome while minimizing the disruption in your life. We work to maintain a constructive, rational atmosphere, even in high-conflict situations. This not only reduces the emotional and psychological impact for all involved but can also help you reduce the time and costs you have to devote to your case by avoiding unnecessary delays, diversions, and posturing. 

When You Work With Us, Expect Us To:

  • Be active listeners from the moment we meet so we deeply understand your unique situation, feelings, goals and chal­lenges.
  • Carefully and clearly explain your options and likely outcomes.
  • Create a road map and provide guidance to get you from where you are today to where you want to be in the future—with the least emotional and financial costs.
  • Make more informed, well-reasoned choices than you might otherwise have made on you own.
  • Skillfully negotiate with opposing counsel to resolve cases with a reputation for honesty and integrity
  • Avoid unnecessary expenses that don’t bring value through a planned approach to efficiently reach a resolution that preserves assets.
  • Advocate for your best interests and always do what is right.

We also believe in moving matters forward in an expedient yet professional manner.  You’ll access some of the most advanced resolution and technological tools available today, including strategic litigation, constructive negotiation, mediation, flat fee divorce, Collaborative Divorce, and an online intake process.

Divorce is no time to feel like you are on your own or left to sort out important legal and financial matters without skilled support. Using all our professional and personal strengths, the family lawyers of Goranson Bain Ausley are with you each step of the way to make a lasting difference for you and your family. Today and tomorrow.

Key Facts About Goranson Bain Ausley Family Law

  • Our professionals are among the most respected family law attorneys in Texas. They are consistently recognized by peers and the press for professionalism, expertise, and ability to deliver results.
  • Our firm includes three former family court judges who can offer a perspective and analysis of family law matters from a judge’s point of view.
  • We offer comprehensive experience in virtually every area of family law so that we can assist with immediate needs, but also with any other issues that may arise in the future.
  • Our online intake tools and locations in Austin, Dallas, and Plano add a welcome level of convenience and accessibility in stressful times.


  • 23 lawyers are Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The Board Certification process is rigorous and thorough with stringent, ongoing requirements after initial certification. Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguished accomplishment within the legal community. To view the full list of Goranson Bain Ausley Board Certified lawyers, hover over the Board Certified Texas Board of Legal Specialization logo above.
  • 3 Goranson Bain Ausley Partners have received the distinguished Sam Emison Award honors from the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. Kathryn J. Murphy received the award in 2021, Diana Friedman in 2016, and in 2013, Thomas L. Ausley was the recipient of this award. Each year, this award is bestowed upon one exceptionally distinguished family law practitioner or judge who has demonstrated a significant commitment and made significant contributions to the practice of family law in the State of Texas. The Sam Emison Award is one of the most coveted awards in Texas family law. 
  • Goranson Bain Ausley Lawyers have been named a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” 17 times, by Woodward White Press since 2009. Recognition as “Lawyer of the Year” means that our awarded attorneys have received the highest overall peer rating for their specific practice area and location. Providing outstanding representation to clients is a value our lawyers exemplify.
  • 19 Goranson Bain Ausley Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers ® List by Woodward White Press.
  • 5 Goranson Bain Ausley Recognized for the Most “Top 50” Lawyers in Texas by Thomson Reuters 2020.
  • 3 Goranson Bain Ausley Partners, including Curtis Harrison, Kris Algert, and Esther Donald, have achieved advanced credentialing in Collaborative Divorce by Collaborative Divorce Texas. The designation affirms top-tier guidance to those seeking constructive divorce resolution.
  • 18 Goranson Bain Ausley family law attorneys selected to the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers list by Thomson Reuters.
  • Goranson Bain Ausley named a Top Workplace in Dallas by Dallas Business Journal in 2018 and 2021, and named Best Places to work in Austin by Austin Business Journal in 2019.

Firm History

Supporting Texas Families for Over 40 Years

Goranson Bain Ausley was formed in 2018 by merging Goranson Bain and Ausley, Algert, Robertson & Flores, two of Texas’ most respected family law firms. The combined firm was built out of shared values: to place the client first, work for constructive resolutions to family law matters, and deliver exceptional value.

Ausley, Algert, Robertson & Flores

After honing his trial skills at a large Austin law firm, Thomas L. Ausley opened his own office in the late 1970s. He was quickly recognized as a leader among his peers for his honesty, integrity, and professionalism – the same strong values that laid the foundations for the firm of Ausley, Algert, Robertson & Flores.

Since the beginning, the Ausley firm was committed to these values and became one of the leading family law firms in Austin and the Central Texas area. The firm’s dedicated lawyers knew that people facing divorce or other family law issues can be overwhelmed by the legal, financial, and spiritual implications. And that family relationships continue long after matters have been resolved. This is why Goranson Bain Ausley is committed to delivering sound legal advice with compassion as we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

Goranson Bain

Goranson Bain was also one of the most experienced family law firms in Texas, having served clients for more than 30 years. Since its inception in 1987, the firm was committed to providing a constructive, strategic, and intelligent approach to family law – an approach that enables clients to pursue their most important goals while controlling costs and minimizing disruption to their lives.

Joining Strengths

It seemed only natural that two law firms who shared such similar values would come together out of mutual strengths. Our merger in 2018 meant that we could serve even more of our peers and clients throughout Texas with the shared values that brought us together.

Our strengths both in and out of the courtroom have earned us the trust and respect of our clients and a reputation as one of the premier family law firms in North Texas. We advocate for constructive, collaborative negotiation when it’s feasible. We litigate when it’s wise. Our balanced approach and depth of expertise in both areas have led us to be recognized as one of America’s 2021 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® by Woodward White, Inc.

Our Divorce Lawyers Welcome You

Goranson Bain Ausley has three offices located in Dallas, Plano, and Austin, Texas, where we assist clients with matters such as divorce, child custody and visitation, asset and wealth identification and valuation, property division, Collaborative Divorce, child support, prenuptial and post-marital agreements, post judgment modifications and enforcement, paternity, and adoption. If you would like to learn more about how we can assist you, please call us to schedule a consultation.

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At Goranson Bain Ausley, we strive to deliver clarity about what comes next and confidence that you and your family’s future are more secure. Contact our team and discover how we can help you.

What Clients Say

“I highly recommend Goranson Bain Ausley. My case was handled professionally and with care. All of my questions and concerns were respected and addressed. My attorney talked me through the pros and cons of all decisions so that I could choose the best plan of action for me. They helped me through a very difficult time in my life.”

Laura K.

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