Texas Divorce Attorneys Focused on Your Future
Deciding to divorce is one of most difficult things you can do in life. And once you take this first step, there are many paths you can follow. We’re here to show you the way.
Perhaps it’s you or your spouse that wants a divorce. Or you have made this big decision together. Whether you hope to work toward an amicable divorce or will need to litigate, a meeting with an experienced family law attorney is vital to figure out what happens next.
With our 40 years of experience serving Austin, Dallas and Plano families, we know that every divorce is as unique as the people involved. At Goranson Bain Ausley, we offer experience with the full range of divorce issues, from complex financial matters to highly contested custody cases. We focus on helping divorcing clients achieve the most advantageous outcomes through an intelligent, strategic, and constructive approach– an approach that enables you to pursue your most important goals while controlling costs and minimizing disruption to your life.
Identifying Your Individual Concerns
Working as a team, our goal is to guide you and your family to find the best way forward. When planning a strategy, we’ll consult with you about the following issues and how they apply to your circumstances:
- Parenting Schedules– We can help you develop a plan that works for you and your family considering the needs of the children, your geographic location and work schedule;
- Asset Characterization and Valuation– Marital assets can include businesses, pensions, educational degrees, real estate, intellectual property, and personal belongings. We can help you determine which assets are includable in the divorce process and what they are worth;
- Custody– Whether you are a mother, father, or grandparent, we are prepared to protect your parental rights;
- Property Division– We will work towards helping you achieve a fair and equitable division of the marital estate while prioritizing the assets that are most important to you, taking into consideration;
- Support Modifications– As your family’s lives change, we can help you modify previously determined orders, schedules, and legal support obligations to accommodate your change in circumstances.
Work With a Texas Divorce Attorney Today
At Goranson Bain Ausley, we understand that, regardless of whether you and your spouse intend to cooperate with each other, emotions will be running high. We are also aware of the pitfalls and distractions these emotions can cause – keeping you from making sound financial decisions or decisions that are in the best interest for your children.
This is why we’re committed to providing all our clients with thorough legal advice, delivered with honesty and compassion. Using the depth and breadth of our experience, we navigate you through the divorce process to help you achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family. We focus on your future financial stability and help you identify your goals – then recommend an efficient, effective strategy to help you meet them.
If you’re considering divorce, recently learned that your spouse is seeking a divorce, or are just curious about what your options might be, contact an experienced divorce attorney today for a consultation.
Your Divorce Options
A negotiated divorce allows you to avoid potentially stressful courtroom trials by working with a Texas family lawyer to negotiate the terms of your divorce. Even though the reasons for divorce often involve some form of dispute, less than 10 percent of divorce cases end up going to trial. Our goal is to educate you on your options, including negotiation strategies and other dispute resolution methods that can help you save time and money while also retaining more control over your future. Even if a couple has complex financial issues such as having to trace separate property or value a business, a negotiated divorce is still an option to constructively resolve these issues.
Couples are increasingly turning to collaborative divorce as an alternative to traditional litigation for marital dissolution. The goal of collaborative divorce is constructive resolution, with both parties working together to identify priorities, protect children’s interests, problem solve and find common ground—without having to go to court.
Mediation is an out-of-court divorce process that enables divorcing couples to negotiate a settlement on their own terms with the help of a mediator. In mediation, divorcing couples work with each other, their mediator, and their lawyers to find common ground on finances, child custody and other issues. Mediation often leads to a final, mutually agreeable settlement. With trained and experienced mediators, mediation enables divorcing individuals to save precious resources for the next phase of their lives. In Texas, mediation has traditionally occurred towards the end of the divorce case with both parties having attorney representation during the mediation. However, Goranson Bain Ausley offers a mediation process where parties work with a skilled mediator from the beginning of the case and the parties can choose to be represented by attorneys or a party can choose to not be represented by an attorney.
A litigated divorce is traditionally a more complex process because it involves a full courtroom trial, complete with opening and closing arguments, as well as the presentation of required detailed evidence to assist a judge in reaching decisions. Such a divorce may be a necessity if you and your spouse are unable to agree due to high levels of contention, conflict, or other factors that may prevent you from achieving a resolution without court involvement.
A flat fee divorce is a fixed-fee divorce option available to divorcing clients who want an amicable resolution and certainty about the costs associated with their divorce. A flat fee divorce is a good solution for you if you and your spouse have reached an agreement regarding division of your assets and debts. If you have children, a flat fee divorce is a good solution if you both have reached an agreement about parenting time and parenting rights.
Your Divorce Situation
Complex Asset Divorce
A complex asset divorce typically involves high net-worth couples, spouses who owned significant property prior to their marriage, and couples who own one or more businesses or equity in non-publicly traded companies such as start-up businesses or private equity partnerships. However, spouses with an average estate can still have complex financial issues or a particular asset between them that requires the expertise of a lawyer with experience in addressing complex property. Complex asset divorces may require business valuation, characterization and tracing of assets, or analysis of closely-held business interests, trust matters, employment benefits, and tax issues, among other considerations.
High Net-Worth Divorce
A high net-worth divorce involves couples with liquid assets that are valued at over $1M. These assets may include items such as business shares, partnerships, multiple real properties, overseas assets, and more. The higher values involved add complexity and can make these types of divorces challenging and require a lawyer who specializes in high net-worth divorce.
A divorce is contested when spouses are unable to come to an agreement on all matters of their divorce. During a contested divorce, a judge may need to step in to make decisions and resolve the case. If you are going through a contested divorce, it’s vital that you find an experienced family law attorney who can help you during the process.
An uncontested divorce can be settled in one of two ways: either your divorce can end with you and your spouse agreeing to all the divorce terms before heading to court, or it can end by default if your spouse is served and they do not file an answer or appear in court. Uncontested divorces tend to be faster and more affordable than contested divorces.
Divorce for LGBTQ+ couples in Texas may come with special considerations. For example, there may be discrepancies between the length of the relationship and the length of the legal marriage that affect equitable distribution and custody determinations. There might also be questions around the adoption rights of a non-biological parent in a same sex divorce – all of which an attorney at Goranson Bain Ausley can help with.
When a divorce involves an individual with a high-conflict personality (or when the circumstances around the divorce have resulted in a high level of animosity and complete lack of trust between parties), the outcome can be considered a high-conflict divorce.
This can have negative impacts on your mental health as well as the lives of your children. You can minimize the stress of a high-conflict divorce by working with an experienced family law attorney who has the knowledge and resources to communicate and manage high-conflict personalities and family law matters effectively.
How you prepare for divorce lays the foundation for the rest of the filing process. To prepare, our experienced attorneys guide you through important steps such as gathering financial information, identifying separate property, and working through your parenting plan.
Your Divorce Needs
As your child grows and your lives change over time, the initial terms of your child custody agreement or parenting plan may need to be modified. We can help you and your former spouse create new terms to these agreements based on your current circumstances.
Appealing a Divorce Decree or Judgment
If you are unhappy with the outcome of your divorce decree or judgment, there may be a basis to file an appeal. Appeals are time-consuming and must be initiated within 30 days after the date of entry of a divorce decree or judgment. Our experienced attorneys can help you move forward quickly and protect your interests along the way.
Divorce for Business Owners
The divorce process can be intimidating for someone who has built a business from the ground up. One of the most common questions our attorneys hear from business owners is: how will the value of my business be determined in my divorce? Our experienced attorneys are here to put your mind at ease and help you protect your business.
Under Texas law, there are certain circumstances where you or your spouse would qualify for alimony or spousal maintenance. Goranson Bain Ausley attorneys can give you clear guidance on how the law applies to your case.
Contact Our Experienced Texas Divorce Lawyers
Our divorce strategy in Texas starts and ends with you. During an initial consultation, we discuss your primary goals and concerns as well as any issues that may have already come up in conversations with your spouse. We listen and work hard to understand what issues are most important for you and help to explain the steps of the divorce process so that you know what to expect.
Having the support of an attorney with a practice exclusively focused on divorce and family law in Texas enables you to make the best decisions for your family from start to finish. Contact our Austin, Plano or Dallas office today to get started.