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Families today face complicated legal issues earlier generations couldn’t have imagined. The families our Dallas/Fort worth divorce lawyers serve come to Modern Law with legal issues ranging from a straightforward pre-marital agreement for a newly-engaged couple wisely planning for the future to prominent business leaders or athletes exploring complex divorce and custody options out of the public eye.

Selecting a lawyer with the right experience and resources to achieve the best outcome for your specific family law concerns is paramount to your confidence as you begin the process of mediation or litigation.

Our passion for today’s substantive family law issues is shared by the exceptionally skilled partners, attorneys, and legal professionals at Modern Law. The firm’s office is designed to facilitate the collaborative law process for divorcing parties who are committed to negotiate and resolve their family concerns outside the courtroom.

The practice areas of our Dallas/Fort Worth divorce attorneys include:

  • Divorce
  • High Net Worth Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Post-Divorce Modifications
  • Pre- and post-marital agreements
  • Appealing a Divorce Decree or Judgment
  • Enforcement of court orders
  • Child Support
  • Collaborative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Paternity issues
  • Grandparent’s Rights
  • Surrogacy Legal Agreements
  • Same Sex Divorce and Parenting Rights
  • Cohabotation Agreements
  • Name Changes

Modern Law is prepared to help you explore your options in reference to any family law matter. Our team of experienced attorneys provides a caring and compassionate environment to bring resolution to your family’s legal issues.

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The Modern Law LLP is a boutique Dallas/Fort worth family law firm that handles a wide range of matters, including divorce, high net worth divorces, child custody, child support, post-divorce modifications, collaborative law, and appeals. Our law firm handles cases in counties across Texas, but we are prepared to travel out of state for matters that require it. If you need a compassionate but tenacious family law attorney to help you build a bright future, the experienced advocates at the Modern Law LLP Group are ready to help you.


Our law firm is committed to helping our clients achieve their objectives, and we have the experience and skill to help them navigate through the emotionally taxing and intellectually complex issues that can arise in a divorce. In addition to our main law office in Dallas and Fort Worth , Our offices represent clients in Dallas/Fort worth County, Collin County, Tarrant County, Denton County, Rockwall County, Grayson County, Fort Bend County, Williamson County and Harris County among other localities. Please call or contact us via our online form to start discussing your situation.


In order to sue for divorce in Texas, either you or your spouse must have lived in the state continuously for six months prior to filing. One of you must also have been a resident of the county where you are filing for at least 90 days beforehand. In Texas, there is a waiting period of at least 60 days after the petition is filed before the divorce is finalized, but most divorces take six months to a year to be completed, depending on how many issues are contested. Texas allows no-fault divorces, although in some cases, a spouse’s assertion of fault, such as adultery or cruel treatment, can influence property division. A divorce attorney at our Dallas/Fort worth law firm can help you determine the appropriate basis for your divorce and make sure that the required procedures are followed.


Generally in Texas, the presumption is that all of the property that you or your spouse earn or acquire while married is community property that you both own and must be divided equally upon divorce. Overcoming this presumption and establishing that property is separate property requires proof that is clear and convincing. High-asset divorces can be complicated because of the nature of the property the couple accumulated during the marriage. A high-asset divorce may also include the division of retirement funds, stock options, pensions, and other assets for which the value is not immediately apparent. Similarly, intellectual property or multiple homes and vacation properties may need to be valued. In addition, couples that own a family business, medical practice, or law practice may have different senses of what these businesses are worth. Our Dallas / Fort Worth divorce attorneys work with expert appraisers and financial experts as necessary to establish an equitable division of marital property.

Child Support

Both parents are financially obligated to support a child. The court will typically order child support according to Texas guidelines, which calculate support based on a parent’s monthly income with certain deductions subtracted. Generally, a noncustodial parent pays child support to a custodial parent. The child support order may last until the child is 18 or until the child graduates from high school, whichever falls later. Alternatively, if a court emancipates the child or if the child is emancipated through marriage, the child support obligation may terminate. If you are concerned about the amount of child support that you need to receive or that you are being ordered to pay, you should consult the divorce lawyers at our Dallas/Fort worth law firm.

Child Custody

Child custody is also known as conservatorship in Texas. Conservatorship includes the right to talk to doctors and other health care providers about the child, the right to access medical, psychological, and educational records, the right to get information from the other parent about the child’s health, welfare, and education, the right to discuss your child with school officials, and the right to consent to emergency treatment. When parents can agree to a custody plan, the court usually will simply approve the written settlement agreement. Often, however, parents disagree about child custody. There is a presumption in favor of joint managing conservatorship in Texas, but in some cases, a parent can prove that sole managing conservatorship is in the best interests of the child.

Modification (18)

After a divorce, the ex-spouses’ situations may change significantly. Sometimes a divorce decree or child custody arrangement should be modified. Whoever is asking for a change should retain a Dallas/Fort worth divorce lawyer to seek the modification before the situation becomes such that he or she cannot comply at all. In order to obtain a modification of a child support order, for example, you usually need to prove a material and substantial change in circumstances. Such a change might exist if you were in an accident and became disabled to the point that you could no longer work and therefore could not pay child support.

Property Rights

Property Rights involve delegating pieces of land or buildings to whoever has the right for it. This may include looking at the general amount of property there is being shared, and splitting it between the two parties, or making a compromise about the use of it. In some cases, there could be an uneven division based on the faults of an individual person or company. Our team is well-trained in this area to provide you with support in gaining property rights.

Parental Rights

Parental Rights include the rights a mother and father have to their child. This may be split between the two, creating a situation where the child visits one for a week and the other for the following week. Depending on the case though, sometimes it’s necessary to give full parental rights to one parent. This may be due to an unsafe environment for the child in one of the parents’ custody, or an event that happened that revokes the right for that parent to care for the child. This parent may fight for a joint custody of the child, or weekly supervised visits, but this takes time and many court standings. Our legal team will help you navigate the laws of this topic and form a solid case to stand up in court.


Paternity is sometimes in doubt. It may be necessary to establish paternity in order for certain rights and obligations to become clear. Paternity suits in which paternity is determined through a blood test may be brought so that a biological father can secure visitation rights, or a mother can secure child support from a father who is unwilling to pay. In some cases, it is necessary to bring a paternity suit, but paternity can also be established through a signed acknowledgement of paternity form or through presumption. The presumption is that someone is presumed to be the father of a child when the mother and he are married and a child is born during the marriage or within 300 days of a divorce. A presumption can also be established when someone marries the biological mother after the birth of the child and voluntarily claims paternity or represents to others that a child with whom he lives for the child’s first two years is his.

Post-Divorce Modifications

The Uniform Premarital Agreement Act is in effect in Texas. Under this law, a pre-marital agreement needs to be in writing and signed by the affianced people before they marry. Both people are supposed to disclose their debts and assets before signing, and they must be signing the agreement in contemplation of marriage. Pre-marital agreements and post-marital agreements can change default property rights, so it is crucial for each partner to be fully apprised of the other’s financial situation. There are certain conditions that can result in an agreement not being enforceable, such as an unconscionable agreement or involuntariness.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution offers to a process that seeks resolution and avoids traditional litigation. This may include common methods of counseling, mediation, and arbitration. Typically, couples may go through counseling sessions before deciding on a divorce. The counselor in this situation may guide both of them to individual solutions, or a compromise or agreement between them. Alternative dispute resolution provides a more cost-effective, and time-effective way of handling a divorce situation instead of being represented by an attorney and going to court. Our team can provide help in alternative dispute resolution and offer solutions to cases through peaceful agreement.

Pre-Marital and Post-Marital Agreements

The Uniform Premarital Agreement Act is in effect in Texas. Under this law, a pre-marital agreement needs to be in writing and signed by the affianced people before they marry. Both people are supposed to disclose their debts and assets before signing, and they must be signing the agreement in contemplation of marriage. Pre-marital agreements and post-marital agreements can change default property rights, so it is crucial for each partner to be fully apprised of the other’s financial situation. There are certain conditions that can result in an agreement not being enforceable, such as an unconscionable agreement or involuntariness.

Appealing a Divorce Decree or Judgement


Divorces often become acrimonious, but they do not need to be. At Modern Law LLP, we are experienced in using alternative dispute resolution methods. Collaborative Law is an alternative method that Dallas has played a significant role in developing in Texas. It emphasizes the creation of a safe environment in which the spouses can express and resolve conflicts without going to court. This approach limits hostile communications, which is particularly important in families with vulnerable children, and it often concludes cases more quickly than litigation does. It also protects privacy in a way that protracted court battles do not.


There is a narrow window of time within which you can appeal a divorce decree or other court order. In most cases, you must file an appeal within 30 days of the divorce decree or judgment being entered, so it is important to consult us right away if you may be interested in appealing. The parties have limited grounds on which to appeal a divorce decree. Often, cases are reviewed for an abuse of discretion, which means that the court acted arbitrarily or without reference to the proper laws. If there is substantial proof to support a lower court’s order, however, there is no abuse of discretion. Our law firm is very familiar with the standards used by Texas appellate courts. We can determine whether you have a solid basis to appeal and represent you as appropriate.

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