In having the responsibility and privilege to be able to serve many families in our community during divorce cases, I have come to understand that many people share the same questions and concerns when it comes to their divorce. The irony in all of this is that we live in an age where information has never been easier for us to get hands-on. The Internet, for example, contains multitudes of information that can be used to your advantage when it comes to a divorce. We also need to consider the type of information that we are accessing before you take it to heart and used it to make decisions in your personal life.
I’m talking about one of the most widely used terms this day when it comes to the Internet: specifically, disinformation. We have heard disinformation called by several terms probably the most famous was utilized by a former president period, of course, I’m talking about fake news. Fake news is a term that is utilized to describe information that is either wholly nonfactual or information that is taken out of context and therefore made to misrepresent or muddy the waters of otherwise good fact-based data. When we talk about the misinformation that is what I have in mind.
Fortunately, you won’t find much information online that is purposefully incorrect when it comes to the world of Texas family law. I think we would all agree that some people have a vested interest in producing fake news or disinformation in the world of politics. However, for the most part, I think that we can avoid purposefully misleading or incorrect information in the world of family law. However, that’s not to say that you still could not be mistaken or misled by information that you find online. Rather, even well-intentioned people provide incorrect information. When that incorrect information is provided by you to a friend that potentially means that the information is only going to impact that one person. However, when bad information is put on the Internet then the bad information could potentially impact a limitless number of people.
This is where I think the true danger of getting all your information about an important subject like divorce off the computer. It is certainly a risk 2 reply so leopon what you read online when it comes to learning more about divorce. However, I understand the motivation to want to learn as much as you can about divorce and to do so in a short period. Time is of the essence and divorce and any time that you lose in preparing for your case could be time spent preparing to suffer the consequences of not having as good of information as your spouse. At all costs, you want to be able to avoid situations where your spouse has better information than you do. Whoever has better information can make better decisions. More well-informed and intelligent decisions generally lead to better and more advantageous outcomes.
That is the reason why our attorneys and staff spend so much time talking not only to our clients but in providing information and listening to the circumstances of people in our community. Providing this level of information can indeed take time. However, our attorneys are committed to serving our clients and our community. People have questions about specific issues regarding family law and divorce in their lives we want to be able to assist by providing up-to-date and accurate information about the law in Texas and how it impacts your life.
Ultimately, that is where you need information. Knowing the law is one thing but knowing or at least understanding how the law is likely to apply to your specific circumstances is what you need to know. As a result, our attorneys can take our collective decades of experience and use that knowledge to give you a good idea of how the law is likely to impact you and your family in a divorce scenario. Otherwise, you only have half the story to consider when it comes to understanding the law but not knowing how it will impact you specifically.
With that said, if at the end of reading today’s blog post you have any questions about the material that you have gone through, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan. Our licensed family law attorneys we’ll be more than happy to schedule a free-of-charge consultation with one of us six days a week. We offer these free of charge consultations at either of our two Houston area locations, over the phone and via video.
Our main office location is conveniently located on FM 1960 just east of the Champions area. When you come in for an initial consultation you can begin to get a feel for how our office operates as well as what it looks and feels like to be in a legal environment. I know some people hesitate to become involved with attorneys simply because they have heard bad things or are otherwise uncomfortable with the idea of hiring a lawyer. However, I have found that there is no better way to dispel these fears or apprehensions than to meet with one of our lawyers. I’m confident that you will find our attorney’s horror stories from friends or colleagues.
The second office location for the Law Office of Bryan Fagan is in the Atascocita area. We recently opened this office location to better serve the north and east sides how do you say. Whether you live in Hoffman, Crosby, Baytown, new Waverly, or Dayton, our attorneys, and staff are here for you. you do not have to be concerned with needing to drive to two far-off locations to speak with an experienced family law attorney. Although many of us have become accustomed to doing a lot of business and meeting online because of the pandemic, I still feel that we are best able to get information from one another in face-to-face contact. As a result, if you are able or are curious about speaking to one of our lawyers in person you should not hesitate to do so. Our office is open six days a week for you.
Next, we also offer free of charge consultations over the phone. We can set up consultations for you just as quickly as you give us a call. I have found that phone consultations work well for people who have a schedule to keep during the week. For instance, if you or a person who sees clients during the day or otherwise has a very structured work schedule then you will more than easily be able to arrange for a consultation with one of our attorneys over the phone during a break in your schedule or even during lunch. This is one of the advantages that our clients experience working with our office. Namely, because we have a large support staff and group of attorneys, we have flexibility in terms of serving our clients as well as in meeting the demands of an ever-growing caseload. Our mission is to serve as many people as we can as dutifully as we can while maintaining the same high standard of care for each client we serve. An example of our doing this is sing regarding our willingness to meet with potential clients such as yourself at the drop of a hat by phone.
Lastly, we understand that you may want to be able to speak with an attorney face to face but may not be able to come into the office. For instance, we are proud to be able to serve Texans from across our area and even into other parts of the state. Consider a situation where you lived in Houston for a long time but recently moved out of state or even to another area of Texas. In that case, you may need to have representation locally even though you live outside of Southeast Texas. In a situation where you are trying to modify a custody order so that your child who lives currently in Houston can come to live with you full time in Dallas or Austin then having an attorney who knows the in’s and outs of the court system in Harris County can be a major advantage over attempting to work with an attorney who is local to you but has no experience practicing law in Harris County.
It is also useful for clients to be able to meet with their attorney via video chat if that is preferable to you. Many times our clients and their attorneys we’ll work together 2 schedule regular meetings with one another via video chat. These consultations are a great way to stay in touch with your attorney while keeping to your schedule. Whether it is by phone or via video, our attorneys seek to utilize technology to bolster and assist our clients in meeting their objectives in their particular cases. We understand that every client is different and therefore the needs of clients may differ depending upon the goals of their case and a host of other factors. If you have questions about a family law matter related to your family then please do not hesitate to contact the law office of Brian Fagan today.
Can I get divorced without going to court?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions that our attorneys receive in a consultation setting. It is understandable to not want to find yourself having to go to court for your divorce. Most people would prefer to do everything virtually and never actually have to step foot in a courtroom to complete the process. You will be happy to know that the courts will oblige in this regard. However, the tricky part is that you and your spouse need to be able to agree on the important components of your case to allow this aspiration to become a reality.
Here is what I mean by that. If you and your spouse can work with one another respectfully and diligently then you absolutely can avoid going to court for most aspects of your case. Many people are right under the wrong impression about family law cases. Namely, those divorces are always determined, as far as their outcome is concerned, by the judge. I think people believe that this is the case because well-meaning but oftentimes misguided people in our culture oftentimes go on and on about the difficulties of divorce without first being honest about the realities of the case. The starkest reality of a divorce is that if you and your spouse can work together on your case then there is no reason why you all cannot negotiate your way through these issues as a team. Even if the two of you disagree on the vast majority of subjects in your life, the two of you should be able to set aside your differences with the understanding that if you fail to do so it will be a family court judge who more than likely makes the final determinations on a host of matters related to your case.
Even the most disagreeable of spouses are better equipped in most circumstances to make decisions for their lives than a family court judge. For that reason, I certainly recommend going to whatever lengths possible to avoid going to court and two-position yourself to be able to work out a settlement with him or her using negotiation and mediation. The courtroom will always be there for you if the two of you fail to settle your case between the two of you. However, if you can set aside even some of your differences then I believe you will be in a good position to be able to avoid going to court for your divorce. This saves you time and puts the power of decision-making in your hands rather than in judges.
How long will my divorce take to complete?
This is one of the most important questions that you can ask regarding a divorce case. Nobody wants their divorce to take any longer than absolutely has to. A divorce is oftentimes one of those experiences where people are eager for the case to get started and eager for the case to be over with. With that said, the length of your divorce has a lot to do with the prior subject that we just finished discussing. Namely, the more willing you and your spouse are to work together to settle your case outside of court the better and more likely you will be at being able to avoid costly delays in otherwise lengthening your case unnecessarily.
This is the hidden trick of a divorce that most people failed to disclose to those who ask questions about divorce. Namely, that you and your spouse have a lot more decision-making authority than you may be led to believe otherwise. Namely, but if you and your spouse choose to set aside your differences and otherwise approach your face from the perspective of people who would like to avoid litigation you can almost certainly do so. It may require putting aside some pride and some ego but the two of you almost certainly can work to conclude your case in a reasonable amount of time.
A divorce in Texas must take at least 60 days to complete. This is because from the date your divorce is filed until the date a judge can sign your divorce decree 60 days must have passed. This is a cooling-off. For people such as yourself to think about whether they want to get divorced. As I’m sure you could imagine, if you could get a divorce in one or two days then many more people would probably be lining up to file divorce papers. Then, many of those people would probably regret having jumped into a divorce before they were ready to commit to such an important process. No matter how quickly you want your divorce to conclude you should expect that it will take at least two months to do so. However, you can use those two months to negotiate and better get an understanding of what the two of you want to accomplish in divorce.
Without a doubt, no person enjoys the divorce that they go through. However, many people, when the case is done and over with, will state how appreciative they were called the representation we provided as well as the overall outcome that was accomplished. If you are interested in learning more about representation in a Texas divorce case, then I recommend that you contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan. The best way to learn more about divorce is to obtain good information from an experienced family law attorney.
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If you have any questions about the material contained in today’s blog post, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan. Our licensed family law attorneys offer free of charge consultations six days a week in person, over the phone, and via video. These consultations are a great way to learn more about the world of Texas family law and also to obtain information about how your family may be impacted by the filing of a divorce or child custody case.
Bryan Fagan, a native of Atascocita, Texas, is a dedicated family law attorney inspired by John Grisham’s “The Pelican Brief.” He is the first lawyer in his family, which includes two adopted brothers. Bryan’s commitment to family is personal and professional; he cared for his grandmother with Alzheimer’s while completing his degree and attended the South Texas College of Law at night.
Married with three children, Bryan’s personal experiences enrich his understanding of family dynamics, which is central to his legal practice. He specializes in family law, offering innovative and efficient legal services. A certified member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, Bryan is part of an elite group of legal professionals committed to ongoing education and high-level expertise.
His legal practice covers divorce, custody disputes, property disputes, adoption, paternity, and mediation. Bryan is also experienced in drafting marital property agreements. He leads a team dedicated to complex family law cases and protecting families from false CPS allegations.
Based in Houston, Bryan is active in the Houston Family Law Sector of the Houston Bar Association and various family law groups in Texas. His deep understanding of family values and his professional dedication make him a compassionate advocate for families navigating Texas family law.