Family Law

Families are wonderfully complicated. Whether you're considering marriage, expecting children, or contemplating a divorce, the advice of an experienced attorney can be invaluable. Texas is one of the few community property states in the country, which makes the merging and division of property in these situations even more complicated. Family-related decisions can also be some of the most emotionally stressful and difficult decisions to make. I approach all family matters with a mix of legal expertise, practical problem solving, and empathy to help you achieve the best result for you and your family.

How I Can Help
  • Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements: Future spouses with significant individual assets or strong feelings about family planning should do additional pre-marital planning. A prenuptial agreement will allow you and your spouse to better control your economic interests and plan for your family's future. I can help you understand your rights and prepare a document that will unite, rather than divide, you and your partner. 

  • Estate Planning: When you experience a big life change, such as marriage or having children, it's also a good time to make sure your estate plan is in place and up to date. In addition to protecting your family and your legacy, a custom estate plan will bring you peace of mind.

  • Trust Creation and Maintenance: Trusts can be useful tools in family planning, especially if you or your children expect to pass or inherit significant assets. I will help you create a well-thought-out trust plan that secures your family's future.

  • Divorce: Divorce is never easy, but I try to make the legal process as painless and quick as possible. Many divorces can be resolved by agreement through careful negotiation and planning. If you're contemplating a divorce, I can also help you understand the process and your legal rights and options. 

  • Name Changes: Many significant life events can also result in the need for a legal name change. I can help you with any questions and shepherd you through the legal process. 

  • Driver's License and Birth Certificate Corrections: I can help you have a gender marker changed or make other corrections to your legal documents.  

  • Domestic Partnership Dissolution: If you and your partner aren't legally married but have accumulated property or had children together, ending that relationship can be legally complicated. I help my clients partition assets and debt, resolve custody issues, and prepare for a new chapter in their separate lives. 

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2626 Cole Avenue, Suite 300

Dallas, TX 75204