Divorce isn’t easy. In fact, it can be one of the most daunting challenges people ever face in their lives. Emotions run high, children’s futures hang in the balance and untangling a marriage’s worth of assets can get complicated. If you’re looking for a reputable family law attorney to help you navigate the complex issues of divorce and child custody, the Sisemore Law Firm, P.C.’s divorce lawyers in Fort Worth, TX are here to help.
Led by one of the top divorce attorneys in Fort Worth, TX, Justin Sisemore, the Sisemore Law Firm offers clients access to an experienced, multi-faceted and compassionate team of divorce lawyers, paralegals and support staff equipped to handle cases ranging in areas from a simple, uncontested divorce to complex divorces involving varied assets, property and business interests.
While every divorce and custody case requires a unique approach, our divorce attorneys in Fort Worth, TX remain constant in their unwavering commitment to pursue the best possible results for every client. You can count on the Sisemore Law Firm, P.C., to:
With the Sisemore Law Firm by your side, you’ll be thoroughly prepared to navigate the complexities of divorce and child custody issues with a clear, strategic plan in place and dedicated divorce attorneys in Fort Worth to aggressively pursue your goals. Once your case is finalized, our goal is to help you transition to a place of greater confidence, so you can get on with the next chapter of your life.
We can answer many questions by phone at (817) 336-4444 or through the chat feature on our website. You can also contact our Fort Worth family law firm to schedule a thorough case review with our founder attorney Justin Sisemore.
Find out what you can expect to learn during a comprehensive legal consultation at the Sisemore Law Firm here.
Establishing residency: If you want to file for divorce in Texas, you’ll need to meet state and county residency requirements, first. Texas requires persons to reside in the state for a minimum of six months before filing for divorce. In addition, you must establish residency in the county where you plan to file at least 90 days prior to filing.
Location also matters when choosing a divorce attorney. For example, a resident of Fort Worth should retain a divorce attorney who is licensed to practice in Tarrant County, as well as the state of Texas.
While the state of Texas doesn’t require you to hire a divorce lawyer to handle legal issues related to divorce and child custody concerns, handling your own divorce may lead to disastrous consequences. Unless you have few to no assets and don’t have children, we strongly advise against handling your own divorce. Learn more about the potential downsides of DIY divorces in these two posts:
Filing your petition for divorce: Once you retain a divorce lawyer, he or she can walk you through the divorce process and help you prepare the paperwork necessary to file a petition for divorce. You—or your attorney—will then need to file the petition for divorce at the local county courthouse and pay a fee, (Tarrant County residents can expect to pay $300 or more).
The state of Texas also requires divorce petitioners to notify spouses that the filing has occurred, an action known as “service.” Ask your attorney which services are available to you in the county where you reside.
Finalizing your divorce: Following a standard waiting period of 60 days, the divorce can be finalized pending resolution of any contested matters. Once you and your spouse agree to settlement terms (property division, spousal support, child custody and visitation, child support, etc.), you will both need to sign the final decree of divorce and appear before a family court judge. The divorce becomes final once the judge signs the decree of divorce.
Learn more about the divorce filing process here: How to file for divorce in Texas: Five essential steps.
Depending on your financial situation, the shared assets you and your spouse hold (Texas is a community property state), and whether or not you have children, our divorce attorneys in Fort Worth, TX can assist you in finalizing a divorce through one of the following means:
Each of these methods offers distinct benefits and disadvantages. If you hope to achieve the best possible outcome for your divorce in Tarrant County, it is important to speak with one of the best divorce lawyers in Fort Worth to determine how to protect your legal rights and assets.
While litigation may be the only option for some couples, it isn’t the best option for everyone. Many couples can resolve their differences through mediation. It’s important to note that mediation can be handled in two ways: With an attorney and without. However, going into mediation without an attorney can be risky. (Learn about the costly downside of hiring a mediator to handle your divorce in Texas here.)
Some couples think they’ll save money by working directly with a divorce mediator but that often isn’t the case—especially if you hire a mediator who is unscrupulous or isn’t an attorney. Even if you utilize a mediator, we strongly encourage that spouses hire their own divorce attorneys to look out for each individual’s unique best interests.
Oftentimes those attorneys can also negotiate a settlement that is agreeable to both parties by the attorneys corresponding or meeting directly with each other—with little to no involvement required from a mediator. In fact, this tactic has worked very well for our clients who want to work things out quickly and amicably, so they can move on with their lives.
In addition, certain scenarios (or grounds) may occur where a spouse may be eligible to seek an annulment to a marriage in Texas. If you are seeking to divorce your spouse, a divorce attorney in Fort Worth at the Sisemore Law Firm can help determine whether you are eligible for an annulment in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Texas.
FAQs: Visit our divorce resources page for answers to some frequently asked divorce-related questions.
Since beginning his family law practice in 2007, Justin Sisemore—often described by clients and opposing counsel as one of the best divorce attorneys in Fort Worth—has worked tirelessly to cultivate one of the top family law legal teams in Tarrant County. Our experienced team includes family lawyers, paralegals and support staff who offer a diverse and vast breadth of experience pertaining to divorce, child custody and other family law matters.
Our legal team also includes attorneys with extensive experience in civil litigation, trial work and an astute understanding of the rules of procedure. This background and knowledge has proven beneficial to clients who needed legal support for highly complex divorces, especially those involving family wealth and business interests.
Over the years, our Tarrant County family law firm has handled thousands of divorce cases. Many of these have involved highly complex and often contentious divorce concerns, including high net worth divorce and divorce for business executives.
Our divorce lawyers in Fort Worth regularly help clients resolve disputes relating to the following matters:
Clients can rely on our recognized experience in resolving legal issues ranging from simple, uncontested divorce to complex concerns pertaining to significant assets, property, family trusts and other interests that may be involved with a complex, high-net-worth divorce case. Whether your legal needs are straightforward or complex, you can feel confident that our dedicated and experienced team will work tirelessly to reach a favorable resolution in your case.
Looking for the best divorce lawyer in Tarrant County? Visit our testimonials page to see what our clients have to say about the Sisemore Law Firm, P.C. difference.
The state of Texas believes the best interests of Texas children reign supreme, and at the Sisemore Law Firm in Fort Worth, we wholeheartedly agree. If you’re preparing to divorce in Texas and hope to secure shared, primary or sole custody of a child or children, our Fort Worth family lawyers are here to help.
Most of the family lawyers on our team are parents themselves, and some of us have gone through divorce, too. We can empathize with the challenges parents face when a family is torn apart. If your divorce involves custody and visitation of a child or children, you can count on us to fight tooth and nail to help ensure your custody and visitation orders provide the best possible arrangements for your child’s future.
When it comes to children and divorce, one of the biggest concerns many parents have is child support. Inevitably, one side views the child support they receive as inadequate, while the other side believes they are paying too much.
If you’re wondering how much child support you should expect to pay or receive, you’ll find some helpful insight here: 3 things that may surprise you about child support in Texas. You can also check out the Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Calculator to get a child support estimate.
In all honesty, our firm believes the state of Texas’ child support guidelines (Texas Family Code Chapter #154) tend to come up short for many parents. Texas follows a strict income-based formula with a $9,200 monthly income cap. If the spouse paying child support earns $100,000 per month, and the children are accustomed to a certain standard of living, a percentage of that monthly cap may not make a whole lot of sense.
Conversely, consider this scenario with two children and a 50/50 possession schedule. One parent earns $5,000 per month and the other parent doesn’t work. Requiring the working parent to pay the 25 percent of income required by Texas’ child support guidelines may be difficult to manage, especially when that other parent is fully capable of getting a job.
In cases like these—where the Texas child support guidelines don’t make sense—our divorce lawyers in Fort Worth will work diligently to negotiate a more equitable settlement.
Looking for an affordable divorce lawyer in Fort Worth, TX? While our attorneys have a reputation for being fierce litigators, we prefer resolving our clients’ divorce, child custody and other family law concerns outside of the courtroom when possible. If you can avoid litigation, your divorce will cost a whole lot less.
Another way our firm helps clients save money is by educating them on how to keep our billable hours down. Here are two quick tips for starters:
You can save thousands of dollars by organizing your own financial documents and any other pertinent paperwork associated with your divorce vs. our paralegals handing it.
Instead of calling the firm every time you have a question or concern, compile a list. That way we can cover multiple items in one call or email, which takes less time, costing you less in billable hours.
We also help clients minimize divorce costs in other ways. For example, our paralegals are among the best of the best, so we utilize their talents to handle many tasks instead of our attorneys. This approach allows us to bill clients at a lower paralegal hourly rate instead of the higher attorney hourly rate.
Plus, unlike some small, single lawyer family law firms, the Sisemore Law Firm employs an extensive team of divorce attorneys, paralegals and support staff, which enhances efficiencies (cost savings) and allows us to respond quickly, so we can be there when you need us. Now, if you prefer our team to handle every small detail for you, we’re happy to do so. It’s just going to cost you more to get divorced.
If you’re searching for a divorce attorney in Fort Worth, free consultation to boot, we’re not the firm for you. The Sisemore Law Firm does offer affordable legal consultations, but we don’t offer them for free.
As noted, you get what you pay for. Divorce attorneys offering free consultations typically won’t offer much more than a brief, cursory review of your case. When you sit down for an initial consultation with our founder Justin Sisemore, you can expect he’s done his homework prior to meeting with you.
Our firm performs thorough reviews of every client’s case prior to the confidential consultation. When you sit down for your consultation with Justin, you will receive a comprehensive case review. He will tell you exactly where you stand, whether your expectations for divorce, child custody, spousal support (alimony) and a divorce settlement are realistic and what strategy he would use to win your case.
Since a positive and productive attorney-client relationship is so important (personalities, expectations and thoughts about strategy can differ) Justin will also tell you whether he believes the Sisemore Law Firm is the best family law firm to handle your case. He may even encourage you to interview other divorce attorneys in Fort Worth before you choose a lawyer to assist with your divorce.
Going through a divorce can be difficult, overwhelming and stressful, especially if you are unfamiliar with the divorce process. While a divorce attorney can offer excellent guidance, you may be in the early, pre-attorney stages of divorce. Based on common questions and concerns we hear in our practice, we’ve compiled a few resources that may help.
Curious as to how much a divorce costs? We’ve broken down the general costs you can expect from initial retainer through litigation here: How much does it cost to get divorced in Texas?
Wondering where you’ll get the money to pay for divorce? We share some good tips and insight here: How to pay for a divorce in Texas
Considering handling your divorce without a lawyer because your case is straightforward? We explain why uncontested divorces are pretty rare here: Hoping for an uncontested divorce? Find out if your passes the test
Think your spouse’s narcissism is too much to take? Learn more about narcissistic personality disorders here: Is your spouse a narcissist? Why it’s important to find out
Concerned about what will happen to your home if you divorce? We cover some of the options here: Keep, buy out or sell: How a marital residence is handled during divorce
Want to avoid financial challenges that may accompany divorce? We offer some tips here: The most common financial mistakes made during divorce
Worried about your or your child’s mental health during divorce? Find out if a family therapist might make sense for you here: Six ways family therapists help families during divorce
If you’re ready to take the next step, contact our Fort Worth divorce lawyers to schedule a confidential case consultation with our founder, divorce attorney Justin Sisemore. Justin will take a deep dive into your case, discuss your concerns and provide answers to any pressing questions you may have about the divorce process.
For in-person meetings, our offices are conveniently located in Fort Worth near the Tarrant County family courthouse. Prefer to communicate with us virtually? We’re happy to “meet” with you via videoconference or by phone.
With offices located near the Tarrant County family courthouse, we offer an additional convenience for our family law clients.