The Volk & McElroy Law Firm
David A. Volk
attorney at law
Frank M. MCelroy
attorney at law
Michael D. Volk
attorney at law
It’s OK to ask for help. In fact, it’s the most important thing you can do. Choose a lawyer and a law firm you can envision defending your rights in a courtroom. Sometimes, that’s exactly what it takes.
Make sure your lawyer is as invested in your case as you are. After all, your future is at stake. Can you reach him when you need help? Does he have a plan? Our law firm is committed to guiding you through the complex legal process in a way that preserves your family and your rights.
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does divorce take?
Divorces usually last longer than most people expect. In Texas, there is a 60 day waiting period after a divorce petition is filed, so 60 days would be the absolute shortest time a divorce proceeding would last. Though, this is very rare. It's more common for a divorce to last six months to a year. Some divorces last multiple years when they involve custody battles or large amounts of community assets. When you contact us for a Free Consultation we can give you a better estimate for how long your case might last based on your situation.
Do i need to hire a divorce attorney?
Hiring an attorney is always your choice. Navigating family law issues can be complicated and frustrating. Family law cases can often include many different types of law, such as divorce law, real estate law, business law, property law, etc. An attorney can help evaluate the facts of your case and deal with your spouse during this difficult time. This way, you can focus on recovery, protecting your children and your assets, and moving forward with your life.
What does divorce cost?
We understand how crucial family law issues are for you. We believe every parent and spouse deserves quality legal representation during these hard times. We offer reasonable retainers and rates so we can advocate your divorce and custody case at a price you can afford. We want you focused on getting through these difficult times, not preoccupied with staggering, unexpected bill statements.
How is child support determined?
Texas has state guidelines for child support payments. In our initial consultation meeting, we’ll evaluate your situation and help you estimate what this payment might look like under different scenarios. The guidelines involve calculating the noncustodial parent salary and how many children are and are not before the Court. Unique circumstances, such as special needs, schooling, and medical expenses might also affect child support payments.
do you handle paternity suits or adoption?
Let us guide you through the lesser known family law causes of action such as adoptions, termination of parental rights, paternity suits, and adult and/or child name changes. Contact our office to speak directly to our attorney experts.
Do I have to move out of my home?
No. Both partners have a right to live in their home. If you can safely stay in your home, this might be a better position to be in for a temporary orders hearing. Until a judge rules that you must leave our home or there is an unsafe environment, you are free to remain living in your home. Please contact a divorce attorney for specific help with your situation.
Does the mother automatically get custody?
No. Judges in Texas must determine what is in the best interest of the child(ren) involved. If you're in a situation where you want a 50-50 custody split or a different visitation arrangement, there are specific actions you can take to help improve your case.
is there really no charge to meet with you?
Correct. We offer a free consultation to review your specific case facts.
How can I protect my custody and visitation rights?
Speak to an experienced attorney before you sign anything so you can first understand your rights under the law.
Can my ex move away with the kids?
It depends. There are a variety of factors that can determine whether this is possible. We'd need to review any past divorce decrees or paternity orders and a judge would consider what's in the best interest of the child.
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