Denton Family Law Attorneys
Representing Your Rights & Interests
Every family changes over time. In some situations, these changes lead individuals to drift apart from one another. Couples get divorced and have to work out issues concerning child custody and the division of marital property. These are often very complicated and emotional cases, and it is important that you have a clear understanding of the options available to you at this time to make the decisions that are right for your future.
At James H. Horton Law Firm, P.C., we take pride in helping families find efficient and cost-effective resolutions to their legal problems. Our Denton family law attorneys have decades of combined experience representing clients throughout North Texas with their family law concerns.
Providing Skilled Representation to Families in Need of Assistance
The lawyers at our firm understand how important these cases are to your family. We meet directly with you in our office, allowing you to ask any questions that you have about your situation. We explain the process so that you know what to expect in your case.
Our legal team helps with several different family law issues, including:
- Divorce and property division
- Child custody and visitation
- Spousal and child support
- Modifications of support and custody orders
- Premarital agreements
- Adoptions and guardianships
- Protective orders and other issues related to domestic violence
Because of the highly sensitive nature of these cases, it may not always be possible to reach an agreement with the other side. Should your case head inside the courtroom, our team can be right by your side. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of trials across the state, and we are focused on helping you obtain the solution you need to protect your family.
Family Law FAQs
How is property divided in a Texas divorce?
Despite people's best efforts, sometimes two parties in a divorce cannot come to a clear agreement about how their marital estate can be divided. Therefore, the judge has to carefully examine all the details to formulate a "just and right" way of equitably dividing both the assets and the debts. This does not necessarily mean an exact "equal" division, but depends entirely on the circumstances of each spouse, taking into account their health and livelihood needs, and their earning ability.
How is child custody decided in Texas?
When parents both agree on how custody and parenting schedules will be arranged for their children, the judge almost always approves of the arrangement. However, if the parents cannot agree, the judge will examine all the factors surrounding the child’s home environment, physical and emotional and mental needs, and any other elements which would affect the child’s best interest. A child over the age of 12 can tell the judge their preference, but this is not always the deciding factor.
Can I receive alimony in Texas?
Usually, Texas does not grant spousal maintenance unless there is clear proof that the spouse seeking aid has demonstrably proved their efforts in trying to get an income. If the spouse is still growing the required elements or skills to gain employment to provide for their needs, this could warrant a case of spousal maintenance.
Should I get a premarital agreement?
When two parties have a wide disparity of their possession of wealth and assets, premarital agreements tend to become more common before a marriage takes place, but this is not the only scenario to warrant such an agreement. Second marriages also often benefit from these agreements, in order to protect the needs of other family members of the two parties. If you are unsure about getting this agreement, discuss it with our knowledgeable Denton family law attorneys.
We Value Honesty & Show Genuine Care to Every Client
We Are Determined & Won't Back Down from a Challenging Case
Thousands of Trials Handled & Over 500 Tried to a Jury
Mr. Horton Is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board Of Legal Specialization