Youngblood Law, PLLC proudly focuses our practice on helping people through divorce so they can begin their new happily ever after! We reject the traditional toxic divorce that most people are familiar with. Instead, we use low-conflict alternatives to simplify each divorce down to its essential elements. This allows us to focus on protecting assets and preserving relationships. That’s Divorce Done Differently.
Divorce in Texas addresses property division between the spouses and issues surrounding the children of the marriage. Texas courts try to do what is in the best interest of the child (BIC) as best they can. Property division resembles a dissolution of a business partnership. With child issues and property division, the Texas Family Code is the law the courts follow. Youngblood Law, PLLC brings the law to bear for our clients throughout the divorce process.
Divorce induces tons of stress, fear, and anxiety, but we believe there is a better way to get divorced. We know our clients may feel angry and hurt, but ultimately, they want to start a new happily ever after. We plan and work to put our clients in the best possible position when the divorce is over.
Our proven low-conflict strategies and tactics serve to reduce stress and bring relief to our clients. Instead of bickering with the other spouse’s attorney, we create win/win situations to reduce conflict in the divorce. Rather than litigate every issue, we prefer to negotiate, mediate, or collaborate to settle divorce issues without the added stress of adversarial hearings. Of course, when we must litigate Youngblood Law, PLLC fearlessly advocates for our clients with fervor and skill.
A side benefit of our low-conflict methods is that stress is often reduced not just for our clients, but also for the children. Small children should be shielded from grown-up matters as much as possible. Teen-agers need reassurance that they aren’t losing either parent. Adult children need to maintain their relationships with both parents too. Our low-conflict strategies serve to support the emotional needs of the children as well as our clients. That’s Divorce Done Differently!
Clients frequently come to Youngblood Law, PLLC facing divorce and wondering how they will move forward with their lives without their spouse’s income to help. Certainly, mortgage payments, utility bills, car notes, and more still need to be paid during the divorce.
We recommend anyone facing a divorce work with an experienced family law firm to develop a plan for moving forward during the divorce process. Planning for living during the divorce is crucial for a successful divorce outcome. Likewise, even fundamental questions about where to live during a divorce must be carefully thought out.
Fortunately, at Youngblood Law, PLLC, we are students of the entire divorce process. We know our clients have a life to live outside the courtroom. Unlike most law firms that do divorces as a practice area, family law is all we do. Divorce Done Differently means we offer help and guidance to our clients who need to start a whole new life. Youngblood Law, PLLC supports for our clients before, during and after the divorce is done.
The Divorce Proceedings
The legal process of divorce is complex because there are many possible paths to take to get to the desired result. A divorce starts like any other civil lawsuit. Youngblood Law, PLLC handles all of the procedural hurdles to starting or responding to a divorce suit so our clients can rest easy. The day the divorce is filed starts the 60-day waiting period Texas demands before finishing a divorce. During this time, we work to resolve as many divorce issues as possible for our clients. Youngblood Law, PLLC frequently wraps up divorces completely during this period. Then we merely have the court enter the divorce as soon as the wait period is over. That’s Divorce Done Differently!
While the average divorce in Texas takes 15 months, our typical divorce is completely finished in roughly half that time. Nevertheless, whether the divorce takes the minimum 60 days, or takes a year or more, Temporary Orders are normally necessary. Temporary Orders define how the spouses will live and interact with each other during the divorce proceedings. Consequently, we help our clients get temporary orders from the court early on to settle issues about who lives where, where the kids reside, who pays child support and more.
Temporary orders often set the pace for the whole divorce, so Youngblood Law, PLLC takes them seriously. When it comes to Temporary Orders, we believe failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Once Temporary Orders are in place, they typically endure for the rest of the divorce until a final decree is entered.
After the Court enters Temporary Orders, discovery often follows. Discovery is what we call the formal process of gathering information, records, and documents we need to properly divide the marital estate. Because discovery can be very labor intensive, it can be an expensive endeavor. At Youngblood Law, PLLC, we do not use a cookie cutter approach for discovery like many firms. Rather, we tailor the amount and focus of the discovery we do to the unique circumstances our clients need. That’s Divorce Done Differently!
Contested cases usually get referred to mediation by the court. At Youngblood Law, PLLC, we love mediating divorces with our clients because we have a proven record of winning successful results for our clients in mediation. For the client, mediation represents a value. A successful mediation basically ends the case fully and is much less costly than final trial. Of course, we would make more money if the case didn’t settle at mediation, and we could represent the client at a big final trial, but we do our best to settle divorces in mediation for our clients.
We believe there is a better way to divorce, and mediation is a large part of that for our firm. Besides wrapping up the divorce without the cost and stress of final trial, mediation represents other value to clients. Importantly, mediation allows the clients to make decisions for themselves and children. In this way clients control their own destinies! Nothing is left up to chance with a judge who doesn’t even know the spouses or kids.
Procedurally, Texas customarily uses a “caucus” style mediation. This means each spouse is in a separate room with his or her attorney, and a neutral mediator goes back and forth to the rooms to try to work a deal. The caucus system prevents the spouses from seeing each other usually, and a successful mediation yields a Mediated Settlement Agreement. Once signed by the parties, the agreement is irrevocable. That’s why a mediated settlement agreement ends the divorce when experienced family lawyers use the process. Experienced lawyers like Youngblood Law, PLLC wrap up all the loose ends in a mediation. That’s Divorce Done Differently.
If a case fails to settle at mediation, then final trial is the next major process. As the name implies, this is the trial that finishes the divorce. Sometimes, by the time final trial rolls around, the spouses have already agreed on some issues in the divorce. It is also possible to have a partial mediated settlement agreement that locks down some issues, but if the parties couldn’t agree on everything, a final trial on the remaining issues is needed. In a final trial, any issues that remain to be settled will be argued for the court to decide.
Under the Texas Family Code, there is a system for dividing marital property. We have written about Property Division in a Texas Divorce before. Likewise, we publish Texas marital property blogs regularly, so we will not go into detail about it here. Any remaining property division issues will be decided at final trial. The judge will hear testimony and see evidence of who should receive which marital property, and how much of it. Youngblood Law, PLLC presents the evidence to make it easy for the judge to rule in our clients’ favor.
Obviously, Youngblood Law, PLLC works to preserve marital assets at final trial. We believe our clients’ new happily ever after means they have the assets needed to start their new lives. Of course, we do our best to help our clients retain any specific assets from the marriage they want. But our low-conflict divorce model also helps preserve money that would be spent on legal fees by other firms.
Why spend tens of thousands of dollars in a divorce knowing the same money could be spent starting a new life? Why pay lawyers for unnecessary hearings, when the same money could be used to provide the children a better life? We believe there’s a better way to divorce, and that’s Divorce Done Differently.
Access & Possession of the Children and Child Support
Like the Property Division section of this guide, we have blogged about custody and child support before. We also treated these topics in depth on our What We Do page. Because Child Custody and Child Support are part of many divorces, we address them briefly here. But there is no need to go into depth on these issues in this divorce discussion. Nevertheless, we believe that children of the marriage should never be used as pawns in a divorce. We do our best to insulate the children from grown-up proceedings, never using the kids for leverage.
We believe there’s a better way to divorce. Preserving relationships between the parents and the children is obviously crucial. But we believe that preserving the relationship between the parents is also important. We find that most of our clients desire a solid co-parenting relationship with their former spouse. Certainly the children deserve to have regular and frequent access to both parents. Likewise won’t the children want their parents to be with them on important occasions? Youngblood Law, PLLC’s low-conflict methods help give clients the opportunity to someday sit with their former spouse to watch their kids graduate. We sincerely hope both spouses will someday attend their children’s weddings without drama. That’s Divorce Done Differently.
A common question we hear is “How much will this divorce cost me?” Unfortunately, we cannot answer that question. Neither can other lawyers, at least not with any certainty. Unlike other law firms that merely run a law practice, Youngblood Law, PLLC runs a business. We are in the business of selling legal services. Our dedication to running a business means we track and monitor key metrics. This benefits the client because we know what certain services cost, so we can price our services appropriately.
No lawyer can predict how complex a case may be, who the opposing attorney may be, what steps in the divorce process will be needed, or other variables. All those things affect the cost of a divorce, so we can’t guess the cost of any given divorce. We have our historical data though, and our average divorce costs a fraction of the state norm.
We believe that Divorce Done Differently demands that we be good stewards of client funds. As a result, we are careful with the legal work we do, and only do work that moves the client’s case forward. As a policy, we don’t do work for the client that puts the client in debt to the firm. To avoid cash crunches for our clients we carefully monitor their cases to help them keep their accounts funded. We offer payment options and set payment plans for our clients’ convenience.
Another Option: Collaborative Divorce
Many people do not even know there is an another option for Divorce in Texas. Collaborative divorce offers people the chance to finish a divorce without trial. Youngblood Law, PLLC proudly offers the collaborative model to our divorce clients.
Benefits of Collaborative Divorce include complete confidentiality. The entire divorce takes place away from the courthouse and prying ears. Even the divorce decree won’t reveal any confidential information about the parties. Collaborative Divorce builds safety for the parties into the system as well.
Neutral professionals provide guidance to the spouses beyond advice of lawyers. A mental health professional helps design a parenting plan for the spouses. Meanwhile a financial professional helps the spouses budget and prepare for life after the divorce.
We believe Collaborative Divorce is the epitome of Divorce Done Differently. Each of Youngblood Law, PLLC’s attorneys received training in this new, exciting divorce method. See our blogs about Collaborative Divorce for more of its features and benefits.
Youngblood Law, PLLC is a Fort Worth, Texas law firm dedicated to family law. We help working people through divorce so they can start their new happily ever after. We also proudly offer the collaborative divorce process for our clients. This essay is intended for educational use only and is not a replacement for competent legal counsel. If you are facing a family law matter, we recommend obtaining competent legal counsel like Youngblood Law, PLLC. For more information, contact us at 817-601-5345, find us on the web at www.youngblood-law.com.
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