Family Law

Fort Worth Family Lawyer

Serving Texas Families With Compassion & Integrity

At the Law Offices Of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, we strive to be the firm for all of your family law needs. We understand how difficult family law issues can be and just how far-reaching the consequences are when they are not handled properly by a knowledgeable attorney.

Our Fort Worth family law attorneys deliver the compassionate yet results-focused representation you need to overcome the challenges at hand.

Call our family law attorney near you at (817) 497-8148 or complete our online contact form to get started with your case evaluation. We serve Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, Wise, Hood, Denton, Somervell, and Jack Counties as well!

Our Approach to Family Law

Our firm is led by Fort Worth attorney Mark M. Childress who believes that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right.

In our opinion, the right way to represent a family law client is to take stock of their full needs and find solutions tailored to their unique circumstances. We approach all issues with sensitivity to our clients while being their strongest advocates at the negotiating table and in the courtroom.

If you choose the Law Offices Of Mark M. Childress, PLLC to protect your rights, your children, and your property, you will be an important part of the equation. Our lawyers prefer to collaborate with our clients to develop goals and maintain direct contact throughout the process.

Family Law Attorneys at Law Office of Mark M. Childress

Attentive Service for All Types of Family Law Cases

Our family lawyers in Fort Worth can help with all of your legal needs, including:

  • Divorce: Legal dissolution of marriage, including issues such as division of property, spousal support, and child custody.
  • Child Custody: Determination of legal and physical custody arrangements for minor children after divorce or separation.
  • Child Support: Establishment and enforcement of financial support obligations for the care and upbringing of minor children.
  • Modifications: Requests to modify existing court orders regarding child custody, visitation, support, or other family law matters.
  • Visitation, Possession and Access: Determination of visitation rights and schedules for non-custodial parents or other relatives.
  • Police, Fire & Service Member Possession: Specific laws and regulations regarding custody arrangements for members of the police, fire departments, or military personnel.
  • Temporary Orders: Interim orders issued by the court to address immediate concerns until a final resolution is reached.
  • Grandparents Rights: Legal rights of grandparents to visitation or custody of their grandchildren, typically in cases involving divorce, death, or other circumstances.
  • Property Division: Division of marital assets and debts during divorce proceedings.
  • Adoption: Legal process of establishing parental rights and responsibilities for individuals who are not the biological parents of a child.
  • Paternity: Determination of legal fatherhood, often involving issues of child support, custody, and visitation.

In family law, no two cases are exactly alike. We are prepared for whatever twists and turns lie ahead and can be trusted to focus on reaching an outcome that benefits you now and in the future.

How Our Fort Worth Family Lawyers Can Help

Family law attorneys play a crucial role in helping individuals navigate complex legal matters related to their family relationships. From divorce and child custody disputes to adoption and domestic violence cases, we have the expertise to guide you through emotionally charged situations while protecting your rights and advocating for your best interests.

Here are just a few of the many ways our Fort Worth family law attorneys can help:

  • Legal expertise: One of the primary ways a family law attorney can assist is by providing invaluable legal advice and counsel. We possess an in-depth understanding of family law statutes and precedents, enabling us to assess each unique situation and offer personalized guidance. Whether it involves explaining the legal process, exploring the available options, or outlining potential outcomes, our expertise provides clients with the much-needed clarity and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions.
  • Negotiation and representation: A family law attorney plays a vital role in negotiating settlements and representing clients in court. We act as strong advocates, utilizing our experience and legal acumen to protect our clients' rights and interests during negotiations. In contentious cases, we skillfully present arguments and evidence before the court, striving to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients.
  • Emotional support: Family law attorneys also provide emotional support during challenging times. We understand that family legal matters often involve heightened emotions and sensitivities. By offering empathetic guidance and maintaining open lines of communication, our attorneys provide a sense of reassurance, helping our clients navigate the legal process with greater ease.

Is Texas a No-Fault Divorce State?

Yes, Texas is a "no-fault" divorce state, which means that couples can seek a divorce without having to prove fault or wrongdoing by either party. The most common ground for divorce in Texas is "insupportability," which simply means that the marriage cannot continue because of discord or conflict.

Legal Separation in Texas

Texas does not officially recognize legal separation. However, couples can choose to live apart and may enter into a separation agreement to address issues such as property division, child custody, and support while still legally married.

Consult Our Fort Worth Family Law Attorney Today

Our Fort Worth family law attorneys are always available by phone or email to field your questions and assist in any way possible. We provide legal services to Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, Wise, Hood, Denton, Somervell, and Jack Counties. So wherever you are, you can turn to our family law attorneys near you!

Contact us at (817) 497-8148 now. Our Fort Worth family law attorneys look forward to helping you find a path forward.

Get Answers to Your Questions

  • How does the divorce process work?
    Once the Original Petition for Divorce is filed, there is a mandatory waiting period of 60 days. From there, how the process works is largely up to the participants and their willingness to work together. An uncontested divorce can be wrapped up relatively quickly, while a highly contentious divorce could last months or even years. We focus on achieving favorable outcomes for our clients and their children as quickly as possible so that they can move on with their lives. We are skilled at resolving divorces in several ways, including mediation and litigation.
  • Do I need a divorce lawyer?
    Divorce proceedings can be an overwhelming and complicated process. If you have children, significant assets, or complex financial agreements, then it is highly recommended that you consult with a lawyer to ensure that all your rights and interests are respected and that any potential settlements are fair. A lawyer can also provide helpful advice and guidance throughout the legal process. Even if your divorce is uncontested, then it is still helpful to work with a lawyer from the start.
  • What is divorce mediation?
    Divorce mediation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process in which a trained mediator helps divorcing couples reach mutually satisfactory agreements on key issues such as child custody, visitation rights, division of assets, and alimony. The mediator remains neutral throughout the process and does not advocate for either spouse. Throughout the negotiations, both parties are encouraged to express their needs and concerns in a safe, respectful environment where cooperation is key. Mediation can help divorcing couples maintain control over the outcome of their case by allowing them to come up with creative solutions that work best for both parties.
  • I get along with my spouse, and we are ready to amicably go our separate ways. Why do I need an attorney?
    It is wonderful that you have a spirit of cooperation with your spouse as you approach your divorce. But even an uncontested divorce has potential pitfalls. We will make sure you understand all of your options and their ramifications so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed.
  • Why should I worry about property division if everything will just be split in half?
    The idea that all property will be split 50-50 in a divorce is a misconception about community property laws. A judge can decide to deviate from 50-50 for many reasons. Even if your marital estate is split 50-50 by a judge, it is in your best interest to have an attorney on your side to ensure that the estate's assets and debts are properly valued to avoid an unequal distribution.
  • My spouse is threatening to keep my kids away from me. What can I do?
    If you are a fit parent, you have a right to be in your child's life. We have experience representing parents from all walks of life, including parents who travel for work and those who work schedules that are far from 9 to 5.
  • What are my rights as a parent? How can I maximize time with my children?
    Whether you are seeking sole custody due to the presence of an unfit parent or you are looking to work out an amicable joint custody agreement, we can help you achieve your goals.
  • I'm trying to make my support payments, but I just can't make it work. What can I do?
    We understand. Life is always changing, and divorce decrees cannot predict the future. If you have had a material change in your financial circumstances, we can help you seek a modification to your spousal support obligations.
  • What should I look for when hiring a divorce lawyer?
    When looking for a divorce lawyer, it’s important to consider their experience, reputation, and your comfort level. You should look for a lawyer who has experience in family law and the laws that apply to your particular situation. It is also important to find someone you feel comfortable with so you can openly discuss the details of your situation and trust that they will be open, honest, and supportive throughout the process. Reading reviews from previous clients can also give you an idea of what to expect before making a decision.
  • What experience does your firm have with divorce cases?
    Our team at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC focuses on family law and divorce cases. We have been highly decorated and recognized by various professional organizations that rate and review law firms, especially those that also focus on family law. For example, some of our distinctions include “Best Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth 2022” by and “Top 10 Family Law Firm” by Attorney and Practice Magazine.
  • How does your firm communicate with clients and keep them informed?
    We are proud to be a law firm that stays in close and frequent communication with our clients. We know that few things are more frustrating than feeling uninformed while something as important as a family law or divorce case progresses. To keep you confident that your case is reflecting your goals, we do our best to give quick updates whenever there are important changes or decisions.
  • How much does divorce cost in Texas?

    The filing fee for a Texas divorce is between $250 and $300. If you are unable to afford the filing fee, you may request an Affidavit of Inability of Pay. When completing the document, you will be required to disclose your financial information and the court will then decide whether you may be excused from paying the fee.

    Additional Fees: Outside of the filing fee, additional costs include service and copy fees, plus the cost of a lawyer, mediator, or a custody evaluator.

    Getting a divorce will cost even more if the case goes to trial and if you later choose to appeal the divorce ruling. In general, the more conflict involved and the longer it takes to resolve the divorce, the more it will cost.

  • How long does divorce take in Texas?

    A Texas divorce can take anywhere from six months to a year or longer, depending on the complexity of the issues that need to be resolved (i.e., deciding on child custody or figuring out property division). In addition, as mentioned above, once the petition is filed, there is a 60-day waiting period before the divorce is finalized.

  • How long do you have to be separated before you can file for divorce in Texas?

    There is no separation requirement in order to file for divorce in Texas. As long as you or your spouse have lived in the state for six months and one of you has been a resident of the county you're filing in for at least 90 days, you can file for divorce.

The Opinions That Matter Most

  • My questions were heard and answered without having to ask twice.

    “Value a capable team with experienced staff. For the past 9 months, the folks at the Law Offices of Mark Childress handled my case with class and empathy. My questions were heard and answered without having to ask twice. I felt like I was kept in the loop and always briefed properly. As I move forward with other ventures I wouldn't be surprised if we crossed paths again. And hats off to Konner, THANK YOU!”

  • Mark was there to answer every question, every phone call and did it in a way that I felt as if I were his only client.

    “I needed an attorney who would stand up for me and my child during a very hard time. Mark was there to answer every question, every phone call and did it in a way that I felt as if I were his only client. He was very knowledgeable not only about the law but about the opposing attorney and the judge. He prepared me well and we won our case. I would recommend Mark Childress to anyone who is fighting for custody or in need of child support.”

  • I highly recommend him and his staff. They are courteous, prompt and they care.

    “I called in inquiring about a divorce and how it all happens. I had 2 people call me back within an hour and in an hour maybe 2 I was talking with the lawyer. I highly recommend him and his staff. They are courteous, prompt and they care. Divorce is the hardest thing we will go through minus losing a kid and his team will be retained. He even called me back himself the next day to see how I was. Great service.”

  • This guy is amazing. In a matter of minutes, he accomplished what no other attorney could in 6 years.

    “This guy is amazing. In a matter of minutes, he accomplished what no other attorney could in 6 years. He had my case figured out in 1short conversation and had what he called "a convoluted mess" fixed. I'm pretty sure my ex felt like he'd been hit by a bus. My family is finally in tact and everyone is finally happy.”

Why Choose Us For Your Family Matters?
  • Direct Access To Your Attorney

    Our Attorneys personally handle each case themselves. You will have direct access to your attorney to be able to get the answers that you need. 

  • Transparency
    Honesty and transparency are critical in building trust with your attorney. You will always know what is going on with your case every step of the way.
  • Team Oriented

    At our firm you're not just a case number, our staff will always know the status of your case and help to make your situation more manageable.

  • Personalized Approach
    Our team understands that no two cases are the same. Your strategy will be tailored specifically to you and your family's goals.