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Family Law FAQ

Answers from a Southlake Divorce 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) 813-9533.

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.

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Client Testimonials
  • Julia V.

    Michelle is a smart, dedicated driven attorney that will work night and day for her clients with the utmost integrity at all times. If you need an aggressive attorney Michelle is your lady! I cant recommend her enough.

  • Dorothy W.

    Michelle Purvis is an outstanding attorney, very knowledgeable, intelligent, diligent, compassionate, high integrity person. She cares about her clients, loves what she does and it shows!

  • Rob R.

    Michelle is absolutely amazing! She possesses a unique combination of being hard nosed, pragmatic, and compassionate all at the same time. She will fight for you every step of the way.

  • Doug P.

    Michelle is someone I have known and respected for many years and her breadth of experience was incredibly helpful with my divorce.

  • Kerri E.

    This lady will work endlessly to ensure her clients are taken care of! She really knows the law and is an awesome trial attorney!

  • Betsy S.

    Michelle Purvis is a compassionate, knowledgeable, and skilled professional.

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    Michelle is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer, especially Family Law. I wouldn’t trust anyone else to handle our family’s circumstances and am forever grateful for all that she has done for our family.

  • Ayana M.

    Michelle was referred to me from a friend and it was a blessing. She took care of my case wisely, she has a great knowledge of the law she gave me the assistance I needed to go through the entire process of my complicated case.

  • M.W.

    Highly recommend divorce lawyer, child custody lawyer, and family lawyer, Michelle Purvis. Skilled, seasoned, and strong attorney that works hard. She adamantly protects clients rights, is a great communicator and the attention to detail is superb! Michell

  • KT E.

    Michelle Purvis is brilliantly talented in law and the best in her field. Will work hardest to ensure successful outcome for you, taking care of your best interests and that of your family. Astute knowledge of the law.

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    Michelle is such a caring, personable lawyer. She takes care of all the legal needs of her clients and is very well educated. Michelle's understanding of Family Law is outstanding!

  • Mike B.

    Extremely hard worker and always has your best interest at all times. Very intelligent and truly cares for your well-being. Could not have a better representative.

  • Electric Beach Tans

    Michelle has an amazing work ethic. It keeps her striving every day to learn more about the law even though her knowledge of family law supersedes far beyond expectations already.

  • Mike W.

    Michelle is a fantastic attorney with an attention to details! She works hard for her clients and has the best heart!

  • Laurie E.

    Michelle Purvis comes highly recommended, her knowledge of the law, integrity, passion for serving others and effortless work ethic put her at the very top of the list.

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    Where to begin? Michelle is responsive, engaged, encouraging, and sincere. She listens thoughtfully and asks the right questions, and she knows the law.

  • Charlotte

    Michelle is one of the most intelligent people I have ever been in contact with. She is a very hard working person and cares so much about her clients. Her knowledge of the law shows how much she has vested in her profession.

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