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Affordable Divorce Attorney

Helping Couples End Their Marriage Without the High Cost

The divorces you read about or see portrayed in movies are often highly contentious, drawn out, and expensive in all ways – including the high-priced divorce attorney.

The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC flips that paradigm upside down. Our client-centered approach aims to conclude the divorce as efficiently and economically as possible without cutting corners in representing our client’s best interests.

Cost-Conscious Divorce Is Possible

Most divorces do not require a trial in divorce court. Some attorneys might encourage that approach, but not at our firm. Litigated divorces have bigger price tags because of the additional time and court filings that are required. We only advise clients to litigate their divorce when other options simply will not work.

Our clients never have to worry about our firm purposely extending the case to create a better attorney payday. We are transparent, so you always know what you are paying for and why the cost is necessary. When litigation is required – and sometimes that is the best way to achieve the desired outcome – our attorneys have extensive experience in the courtroom. We are strategic and methodical, enabling our team to close the case as soon as possible.

Uncontested divorces – those that do not go to trial – are generally exponentially more affordable than litigation. When a couple does not agree on every divorce issue, there are options to court.

Benefits of No-Fault Divorce in Fault Situations

If your spouse cheats on you during the marriage, you absolutely have the right to file for a fault-based divorce on the grounds of adultery (Texas has seven fault grounds). However, if you want to end the marriage as swiftly as possible, your best route may be to use the no-fault option. The details of the affair (or other grounds) can still be leveraged in the negotiation process. Divorce should be first and foremost the means for you to begin life successfully single again, not to punish your wayward spouse.

Lower-Cost Options of Mediation & Collaborative Divorce

When you and your soon-to-be ex cannot reach an agreement on the terms of your divorce, there are options to consider before heading to court. Both mediation and collaborative divorce provide the means for most couples to bridge the gap between their initial demands. Whether you disagree about one or all elements, a skilled mediator or collaborative lawyers can guide sparring spouses to a divorce agreement to present for the court’s approval.

Benefits of Mediation

Mediation, typically the less expensive of the two, is best suited to couples willing to sit down together, listen to each other, and work with the mediator to resolve their differences. The mediator is a neutral third party. This person represents neither party and cannot provide legal advice, even if they are an attorney. They can inform couples of their legal rights and obligations, but they cannot tell either party what they should or should not do.

As the mediator guides the conversation to reveal possible compromises, the couple creates their divorce agreement. Depending on the number of outstanding issues, the couple may only need one or two meetings with the mediator. Neither spouse must have an attorney, but we suggest that an attorney reviews the draft divorce agreement to ensure that all concerns have been addressed.

Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce does require each party to have an attorney. This method is often preferred when the couple needs legal advice through every step. If the spouses are antagonistic, collaborative law takes the burden of negotiation off their shoulders and places it with the attorneys. In mediation, the spouses come to their own compromises with the guidance of the mediator. In collaborative law, the lawyers take the reins of representing their client’s interests.

Like mediation, the end goal is to have a written settlement agreement presented to the court for approval.

One notable requirement in a collaborative divorce is that the parties sign an agreement to not take their case to court. There is still the option to litigate, but both attorneys must withdraw from the case. Both parties will need to find new legal counsel. This is not overly common, particularly if you have experienced legal counsel at your side.

Retain a Cost-Conscious Attorney for Your Divorce

Divorce can put spouses through an emotional wringer. We strongly believe that our clients should also not feel overwhelmed by the financial costs of dissolving a union. Our client’s desired outcome is our guiding light. Our tailored approach aims to achieve their goals at the lowest cost possible.

Contact the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress at (817) 497-8148 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your divorce case.

Meet Our Team 

Dedicated Legal Professionals
  • Mark M. Childress
  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen
  • Sarah E. Robbins
  • Melissa S. Mozingo
  • Kristie M. Falbo
  • Rick J. Mitchell
  • Brenda L. Colon
  • Jordan P. Alvarez
  • Megan M. Weiershausen
  • Amie M. Wilson
  • Melisssa Hernandez
  • Tiffany Y. Washington
  • Mark M. Childress Mark M. Childress

    Founding Attorney

    Award-Winning Fort Worth Divorce Attorney Attorney Mark M. Childress For over two decades, our founding attorney has taken ...
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  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen Desiree A. Hartwigsen

    Managing Attorney

    Desiree A. Hartwigsen grew up in Stephenville, Texas where she graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. During her time at Tarleton, Desiree studied abroad in London, England at Queen Mary’s University where she studied Comparative Criminal Justice.
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  • Sarah E. Robbins Sarah E. Robbins

    Senior Lead Litigator, Attorney

    Sarah E. Robbins is the newest member of the team at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC. She was born and raised in Colorado where she graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a minor in communications. After a visit to her uncle’s law office at the age of six, Sarah decided to follow in her uncle’s footsteps and become a lawyer.
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  • Melissa S. Mozingo Melissa S. Mozingo

    Senior Lead Litigator, Attorney

    Fort Worth Family Law & Divorce Lawyer Attorney Melissa S. Mozingo After working as a legal assistant for a year, Melissa S. ...
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  • Kristie M. Falbo Kristie M. Falbo

    Senior Lead Litigator, Attorney

    Fort Worth Family Law & Divorce Lawyer Attorney Kristie M. Falbo Kristie M. Falbo is a Houston native who worked as a ...
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  • Rick J. Mitchell Rick J. Mitchell

    Senior Lead Litigator, Attorney

    Accomplished Personal Injury Attorney in Fort Worth Attorney Rick J. Mitchell Rick J. Mitchell earned his J.D. from the ...
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  • Brenda L. Colon Brenda L. Colon

    Senior Lead Litigator, Attorney

    Family Law & Divorce Attorney in Fort Worth Attorney Brenda L. Colon Brenda L. Colon is originally from San Juan, Puerto ...
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  • Jordan P. Alvarez Jordan P. Alvarez

    Associate Attorney

    Experienced Family Law Attorney in Fort Worth Attorney Jordan P. Alvarez Jordan P. Alvarez was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She ...
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  • Megan M. Weiershausen Megan M. Weiershausen

    Lead Litigator, Attorney

    Family Lawyer in Fort Worth, TX Attorney Megan M. Weiershausen Megan M. Weiershausen grew up in Aledo, Texas. After ...
  • Amie M. Wilson Amie M. Wilson

    Senior Paralegal

    Amie began working in family law as a receptionist in a small private practice where she was tasked with answering the telephone, corresponding with clients and court staff and handling a multitude of other administrative duties. Amie’s ability to multitask and her attention to detail lead her to be tasked with handling an overflow of paralegal work.
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  • Melisssa Hernandez Melisssa Hernandez


    Experienced Family Law Paralegal in Fort Worth Melissa Hernandez Our firm is proud to have Melissa Hernandez on our team of ...
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  • Tiffany Y. Washington Tiffany Y. Washington

    Office Administrator

    Tiffany Y. Washington Office Administrator at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress Our firm is thankful to have Tiffany Y. ...
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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.

  • Top 10 Family Law Award 2022 - Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • Top Attorney Award winner at
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Award
  • Top 3 Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth - Three Best Rated
  • Top Attorneys
  • 360 West Top Attorneys
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth - Expertise 2020
  • Fort Worth Texas City Magazine - Top Attorneys
  • Rated by Super Lawyers - Rising Stars
  • Top 10 Business - Thervo
  • Client Champion 2020- Martindale Hubbell
  • Top Attorneys 2020 Rated by Fort Worth Magazine
  • Top Attorneys 2020 - Rated by 360 West Magazine
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth- Expertise 2021