Dallas Litigation Attorneys
Divorce Trial Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
If you're engaged in a family law dispute, you may not want to choose an out of court option (like mediation) to resolve your case. If you decide to pursue your case in court, you need a litigation lawyer.
At Hance Law Group, PC, we'll work with you to defend your rights and represent your best interests in the courtroom.
What Is Litigation?
Litigation is most commonly associated with the divorce process. As you can see by visiting our divorce litigation page, litigation is the practice of resolving a family law case in court, instead of using an out-of-court measure such as collaborative law or mediation.
However, litigation is not only available for divorce cases. It's possible to litigate multiple family law disputes.
For example, a client may want temporary child support or additional temporary support from his/her spouse. If the clients are litigating, the lawyer will request a temporary orders hearing in front of the judge. This entails presenting evidence and testimony to the judge, who then decides the outcome. As one may expect, this method is time-consuming and costly.
The lawyer must first gather information about the other side's case through a formal process called a "discovery." The lawyer must then prepare for the hearing, draft necessary legal documents, and appear at the hearing. After this, the case will be set for a trial, which adds to the divorce's expense.
Depending on the Court's schedule, the trial may be several months after the initial request; even then, your matter will probably not go to trial on that day, for any number of reasons (such as the unavailability of the judge, an attorney, a major witness, or because the discovery has not been completed).
What Kinds of Family Law Disputes Can Be Litigated?
Most types of family law matters can be litigated, including:
- Custody and parenting time. Custody cases can be challenging to navigate for parents. In situations where parents are estranged or have difficulty negotiating an equitable parenting plan, litigation can help you achieve the best outcome.
- Child relocation. Parents often contest child relocation attempts. We'll help you do what's best for your child.
- Complex property division. In situations where one party has assets of significant value, the outcome of a property division case can affect your life for years. Litigating the process can help you achieve a more equitable outcome.
- Cohabitation and retirement arrangements associated with alimony. Using litigation to resolve your alimony dispute can help you obtain a better outcome from the court.
- Unique factors in child support, such as cases where college contribution and excess income are a factor. Litigation can help you obtain a child support order that's fair to you and helps your child thrive.
At Hance Law Group, PC, we're dedicated to helping clients represent their short and long-term best interests in the courtroom.