PROVIDING CUSTOM-TAILORED LEGAL SOLUTIONS

North Richland Hills Family Lawyers

Divorce | Custody | Child Support | Property Division
Request consultation

SERVING FAMILIES WITH OVER 75 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE

img
img
img

North Richland Hills Divorce Attorney

A divorce lawyer can assist throughout the process

Behind the Scenes A Day in the Life of a Divorce Lawyer

The complexity, cost, and time that a divorce will demand depend entirely upon the unique facts and circumstances of your situation. Key questions that your North Richland Hills divorce attorney from Mims Ballew Hollingsworth | Family Law will ask during your initial consultation are:

  • Do you and your spouse own property?
  • Do you and your spouse have children?
  • Do you share liabilities, or are proceeding through bankruptcy?
  • Do you have any disabled children?
  • Are there any immediate assets or other concerns you feel a need to protect?

The answers to these questions will determine what options are available to process your divorce in the county in which you reside in Texas, and how a divorce lawyer can assist throughout the process to support the best outcome.

Get In Touch With Us

If There is No Property or Children Involved, Self-Filing is Straightforward

When a divorce between spouses involves no children, property, or shared debt and responsibility, it is possible to use the “Uncontested, No Minor Children, Nor Real Property” form provided by the Texas Courts. The form is to be used in the following circumstances:

  • You and your spouse agree upon all issues concerning your divorce
  • The divorce is no-fault
  • The wife is not pregnant by the husband or another man and has not had a child by another man since the marriage
  • There are no disabled children, regardless of their age
  • There are no biological or adopted children who are under the age of 18, or are aged 18 but presently in high school
  • Neither you nor your spouse is pursuing spousal support
  • You do not own or are in the process of buying, real property like a house, piece of land, building, or another parcel of real estate
  • You and your spouse are not involved in an ongoing bankruptcy case

If you meet these requirements, you may proceed with this format of divorce, and couples in Texas often do so without the help of an attorney. You simply need to qualify to file, which means you must have lived in Texas for 6 months, and in Tarrant County for 90 days. You file your application with the Tarrant County Clerk.

Should you and your spouse’s situation not meet each and every requirement listed above for an uncontested, no property, no children divorce, the process becomes significantly more complicated.

Get In Touch With Us

We put you and your family first! Whether you are facing divorce, seeking adoption, or have a child custody case, you can rely on our legal team. Contact us today for a case review or legal consultation.

Marriages with Assets, Liabilities, and Responsibilities

When there are assets like houses, real estate, stocks, and other valuable items within a marriage, as well as debts and other liabilities, it is important to protect your present and future interests. When spouses can agree upon the division of assets, liabilities, and responsibilities like child care or spousal support, a divorce agreement can be filed with the court. Negotiating these agreements and gathering the necessary information to do so accurately is supported through the help of a North Richland Hills attorney.

Divorce Agreements

When you and your spouse are able to negotiate a mutually agreeable divorce agreement, you maintain the greatest control over the outcome of your Final Decree of Divorce. An out-of-court agreement preserves your ability to mutually determine an agreeable situation concerning spousal support, the division of property, child custody and visitation and applicable, and a great many other factors that will influence your life for a great deal of time to come. Legally enforceable divorce agreements are best drafted with the assistance of a North Richland Hills divorce lawyer from Fort Worth Family Law.

PROVIDING CUSTOM-TAILORED LEGAL SOLUTIONS

Fort Worth, TX Divorce & Family Lawyers

request consultation

SERVING FAMILIES WITH MORE THAN 75 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE

Default Divorces

When a petitioner files an Original Petition for Divorce and properly serves the respondent, the respondent has 20 days to answer, beginning on the day following their receipt of the Petition. When a respondent fails to submit an answer within the time allowed, a default divorce judgment is possible in which the court makes a determination in the divorce without the input of the respondent. Providing a timely answer is essential to support your rights.

Contested Divorces and Court Hearings

When you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreement that can be submitted to the court as a Final Decree of Divorce. There is the option of filing the Agreed Divorce without Children form when you do not have children or the Agreed Divorce with Children form. These forms require careful drafting and consideration prior to signing and submitting them to the court, as they are legally binding and can be costly to reverse.

client-img

Constance Mims

Constance Mims has over fifteen years of experience practicing exclusively family law. Mrs. Mims is Board Certified in Family Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is Collaborative Law certified and is a shrewd negotiator, not to mention her experience in the most challenging child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, alimony, prenuptial agreements, and divorce issues, both in court and in the appellate arena.

Contact a North Richland Hills Divorce Attorney Near You

Navigating the complexities of a divorce involving property and children can be extremely time-consuming without a thorough understanding of the law and process surrounding it. One of the key benefits of hiring a North Richland Hills divorce attorney from Mims Ballew Hollingsworth | Family Law is to have an experienced legal advocate by your side every step of the way. With us on your divorce, we’ll handle all the drafting, filing, and negotiations, removing much of the stress and demand from your day-to-day life.

To learn how we can help, give us a call at 817-476-7964, or stop by our site to request a consultation.

Client Reviews

What our clients are saying about us

Kam J.

star-img 3 months ago
review-quiet
Hands down one of the most professional and respected family law firms around. I wouldnt trust any other firm to represent me. I have had the pleasure to be represented by a few attorneys at the firm. They are fast, respectful, and above all trust worthy.

Divorce Lawyers Near Me

PROVIDING CUSTOM-TAILORED LEGAL SOLUTIONS

North Richland Hills, TX Divorce & Family Lawyers

request consultation

SERVING FAMILIES WITH OVER 75 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE

Answers To Your Most Commonly Asked Questions

The right place where you cand find the answers to your questions regarding family law

In Texas, there is a 60-day waiting period before a divorce can become final (unless an exception is granted due to family violence. Even if both spouses agree on everything, there must be at least 60 days from the date you file with the Court until the date the Court grants your divorce. If you and your spouse have an agreement, the divorce attorneys at Mims Ballew Hollingsworth can help you finalize your divorce on the sixty-first day after filing. This is the fastest possible outcome.

If you and your spouse do not have an agreement before filing, the time it takes to finalize your divorce depends on many factors including: whether children are involved, whether is there a business to value, whether discovery is needed, and the amount of conflict between spouses. Most cases reach a final resolution through an agreement at some point, but if your case goes to final trial, it can often take more than a year to resolve (especially in larger counties where court dockets are backed up).

While some contested divorces can be resolved in a few months, others can take years to finalize. If your divorce involves significant contested issues (i.e. which parent the children will live with, whether one spouse will receive alimony, who will be awarded the marital home), it is best to plan for anywhere between six months to eighteen months to get to the finish line.

Being the first to file a case (the Petitioner) provides strategic advantages throughout litigation. At trial, the Petitioner makes their opening statement first, calls their witnesses first, can delay the other party (the Respondent) from speaking until after all the Petitioner’s evidence is presented, and in closing arguments speaks both first and last.

While the Petitioner and Respondent have the same rights and often share the same burden of proof, filing first can certainly help with persuading the Court. Letting the Court know your side of the story first can help when it comes to decisions such as why your children should live primarily with you, why you deserve alimony or why the other party does not need it, or who gets to keep the marital home. If there are facts harmful to your case, filing first allows you to get in front of these and take the sting out of the Respondent’s argument.

Aside from benefits at trial, filing first provides an opportunity to send a message to the Respondent and direct how the case proceeds. Your first filing can indicate a desire to be amicable or can let the other side know you are prepared to fight. Your first filing can also be used to obtain a restraining order or set a hearing before the Respondent even knows a case is filed. Even how you notify the Respondent can impact your case, whether it is with a formal process server at their place of employment or through providing them the opportunity to avoid this scenario and voluntarily accept the filing.

Texas is a community property state. This means when you file for divorce our Courts assume that all property you and your spouse have is owned by the marriage and can be divided. However, if you can prove separate property (e.g., what you had before marriage, gifts you received during marriage or inheritance), then you will have property that the Court cannot take away from you in a divorce.

When property is divided, the Court does so in a manner that the Judge deems “just and right,” considering the rights of each party and any children of the marriage. This does not necessarily mean an equal division between spouses. What one Judge believes is “just and right” may differ from what another Judge right across the hall in the same courthouse believes.

At Mims Ballew Hollingsworth, one of the first things we do in your divorce is finding out what property exists for division. We work with you to obtain information on homes, bank accounts, vehicles, business interests, retirement, stock accounts, debts, and separate property claims. If you are concerned your spouse may be hiding assets we will work with you to find this information and ensure all property is accounted for.
After determining divisible property, the next step is valuation. With some assets, it is not as straight forward as looking at an account balance. Business interests can be difficult to value, home prices are constantly changing, and there may be certain tax implications (capital gains) that need to be assessed.

The process of determining what property is divisible and assessing values can be extremely complex, especially in high-asset divorces. The divorce attorneys at Mims Ballew Hollingsworth are experienced in dividing high-asset estates and will work with you and financial professionals to protect your financial interests.

A contested divorce or family law case does not require costly litigation in a public courtroom. You can resolve contested issues through alternative dispute resolution, such as collaborative law, mediation, or arbitration.
These alternatives are often more cost-efficient when compared to going to court, and can result in a faster resolution to your case (in large counties it is not uncommon to wait over a year before having a final trial due to the court’s docket).
Alternative dispute resolution methods, including mediation, are also confidential and do not take place in a courtroom that is open to public viewing. This can be beneficial for divorces and family law cases involving high-profile individuals (e.g. athletes, celebrities, politicians, etc.) or topics of a sensitive nature (i.e. business trade secrets or high-asset divorces).
Collaborative law is a confidential method of resolving a divorce or child custody case where parties work together through joint sessions with the help of specially trained professionals to assist with resolving financial and parenting issues. The focus is on finding mutually beneficial solutions and sharing information that would normally be kept confidential during litigation. Collaborative law is unique and may not be right for everyone, but for some, it is an effective method to lessen conflict.
Just because your divorce or child custody case is contested does not mean it needs to become high conflict and involve costly public court hearings. The family law attorneys at Mims Ballew Hollingsworth can talk you through these options and develop a plan for resolving your case in through alternative dispute resolution.

Contact Us Today!

Put Our Team On Your Side

or call us at

817-900-8330

    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    I highly recommend this law firm. I have had Brian and Kelly both represent me in now three seperate cases. They are men of integrity that are very prompt to answer questions and get back to you on important matters. They have always been well organized and stayed on top of the important information relevant to my cases. ...

    Loyd Camp
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Timothy Alexander did an exceptional job handling my divorce case. He was extremely prepared, very informative, and he made sure I was always kept in the loop. His professionalism, guidance and empathy tremendously helped during what could have been a much more difficult time. I was so pleased with the final outcome and ...

    Donna DeTomaso
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Highly recommend this law firm. Andrew McAlester goes above and beyond for his clients. He’s very resourceful and prompt in communication. I always refer Mr. McAlester to my family and friends in their time of need because I trust his judgement and I know he has his clients well being at the forefront of everything.

    William Hawthorne
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Tim Alexander represented me during my divorce. His compassion, empathy and communication during the process helped keep additional stresses out of an already stressful situation.

    C Grucza
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    I highly recommend this firm. I mainly worked with Andrew McAlester. Andrew was super helpful and courteous during a very stressful situation that I found myself in. Thanks for everything!

    Dante Martinez
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Timothy Alexander is an amazing lawyer. He helped me with everything I needed to do to get my divorce final in a very short period of time. I always try to refer to him when anybody asks for a divorce lawyer. Thank you for everything you’ve done.

    Autumn Colson
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Kelly & Brian helped us in our child custody case and I am very pleased by their work. Our case ended up last almost 2 yrs due to COVID, however they were very easy to communicate with and constantly kept us up to date on our case and the courts. I would highly recommend them if you are needing a great custody lawyer ...

    James Homerstad
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Mr. Alexander was the utmost professional. He was timely in his communication and very thorough in his answers. His approach helped make a difficult situation tolerable. One thing I greatly appreciated is that he did not just tell me what I wanted to hear. He would offer suggestions and allow me to make the final decisio ...

    Heather Varon
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Kelly & Brian were amazing attorneys. I came to them when I really needed help with child custody issues, and they were committed to reaching the best possible outcome. I am writing this to express my most sincere thanks, and gratitude for their professionalism. They stuck by me through the last year in dealing with ...

    Misty Benson
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img
    • img

    Things happen and you need someone to tell it to you straight. Andrew McAlester is someone I trust to help me navigate through these difficult times.

    Phuc Lam
#

This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Constance Mims who has over 15 years of experience practicing exclusively family law. Mrs. Mims is Board Certified in Family Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization..

locations

Areas we serve

area-1

Fort Worth, TX

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Southlake

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Flower Mound

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Keller

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Colleyville

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Trophy Club

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Grapevine

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

North Richland Hills

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!

area-1

Denton

Our family law attorney & Divorce lawyer are ready to take your case. Visit us now!