Divorce Law


divorceDivorce is the end of a rough journey that has resulted in a failed marriage, whether through unresolved conflict or simply an unfulfilled relationship. For most couples, nothing about divorce is easy. There is bound to be painful emotion when abandoning what once seemed like a hopeful future with your mate. Even so, there are still choices about how to approach divorce that may make the process less of a struggle.

At the Law Offices of Kate Smith, PLLC, located in Colleyville, we provide personalized, individual attention for clients undergoing divorce. Our attorneys fully understand what our clients are experiencing and offer them alternatives are designed to help them make the best informed decisions possible.

Alternatives to courtroom litigation such as a negotiated settlement, arbitration, mediation and collaborative law can often be used to effectively in divorce cases. For a better understanding of how mediation and collaborative law work, visit our web pages about each.

In some cases, in order to arrive at a favorable outcome or to reach our client’s objectives, we have to take their case to trial. In instances like these, our law firm provides excellent litigation skills and protects our client’s rights to the fullest degree. We are respected and well known among other attorneys and judges for our common sense, straightforward approach to cases.

Texas Grounds for Divorce

Under Texas law, a couple can file for a ‘‘no-fault’’ divorce, in which case no particular party bears the blame for break-up of the marriage. Couples can also file ‘‘fault’’ as grounds for divorce which include the following reasons:

  • Adultery
  • Cruel treatment
  • Abandonment (1 year)
  • Long-term incarceration (more than 1 year)
  • Confinement to a mental hospital (3 years)
  • Living apart (3 years)

Ending a marriage often involves many issues. Concerns over alimony, child custody, child support, visitation and property division will each be addressed as part of the divorce process. If a question arises regarding parentage, paternity may also need to be resolved.

Finalizing Divorce

Once agreements are reached to all terms of the divorce, the court will prepare the final decree that dissolves the marriage. There is a 60-day waiting period in Texas from the day the petition for divorce is filed until the court may enter the final decree. Of course, when couples have difficulty agreeing on divorce terms, cases take longer to finalize.

A divorce lawyer advocates clients’ rights in divorce proceedings and all other legal areas associated with divorce. Our law firm treats our clients with respect and holds their matters in the strictest of confidence.

Our attorneys represent clients throughout Tarrant, Dallas and nearby Counties including the cities of Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Hurst, Euless and Bedford.

When you are faced with dissolution of your marriage and need legal advice, call our Colleyville TX Law Firm at (817) 479-0565 to learn how our divorce attorneys can help you reach the most favorable outcome possible.