Family Law FAQ
Answers from a Southlake Attorney
Michelle Purvis Law has the experience to help you resolve any family matter you are facing. From divorce involving property division to child custody, every case receives Michelle’s full attention. She understands that you likely have questions about your situation. Below, find answers to some commonly asked questions about family law cases.
If you do not see the answer to your question below, contact Michelle Purvis Law at (817) 809-8199.
Do I really need to hire an attorney for my divorce? Isn’t it expensive?
You are not legally required to have an attorney when filing for divorce. However, many people find it helpful to have an attorney on their side. Without a lawyer, you may experience difficulty resolving disputes or understanding your rights during the divorce. With Michelle Purvis on your side, you will be positioned for success every step of the way. She provides cost-effective services that will ultimately help ensure a favorable resolution that meets your needs and reflects your best interests.
How long will my divorce take?
That depends on the circumstances – no two cases are exactly the same. If you and your spouse are in agreement on most of the aspects of your separation, your divorce may proceed quickly. If you and your partner have a contentious relationship or disagree on matters like property division, child custody, possession orders, and child support, it could take much longer – possibly even more than a year. Michelle understands that you want to resolve your divorce quickly, and she works hard to ensure an efficient process without compromising the quality of her representation.
Will I have to go to court?
Only if the terms of your divorce cannot be agreed upon through negotiations. Michelle Purvis Law highly recommends mediation as an affordable and less stressful alternative to litigation. Through mediation, you and your partner can maintain control over your family, your property, and your future and work toward solutions that meet both of your needs, without leaving the decisions up to a judge. Of course, if negotiating does not resolve all of your issues, Michelle is prepared to zealously and diligently represent you at court hearings and trial.
How do you ensure that I get my fair share of the marital property after my divorce?
Michelle maintains connections and works closely with numerous financial experts including forensic accountants, appraisers, business valuation experts, and tax experts to ensure that all property is accurately valued and divided. She ensures that any separate property is not included in the division of marital property and works hard to protect your property rights.
My situation has changed and my custody order no longer works for me. Can I change it?
Yes, if circumstances have changed in a material and substantial way, you may request modifications to your custody order. Typically, this is done in the same court that issued the original order. You will also have to prove that the change you seek is in the child’s best interest. Michelle can help you build a strong case that will show your need for a modification.
My ex-spouse is not adhering to the child custody/visitation/support order. What can I do?
The orders that were created during your divorce proceedings are legally binding and must be followed. If your ex-partner is failing to uphold their end of the agreement, you can take legal action to hold them accountable. Michelle Purvis can represent you in your efforts to enforce orders of the court.