Based in Dallas, Texas, Kafor Law Firm, PLLC, provides compassionate counsel to clients facing divorce and other sensitive family law issues. We are dedicated to helping our clients resolve even the most complex and emotional matters, understanding that divorce can be among the most challenging times in a person’s life.
Kafor Law Firm, PLLC, recognizes that divorce is an emotionally trying and financially difficult time for all parties involved. For this reason, we offer quality legal representation, clear and honest answers to client questions, and reasonable retainer fees. The firm is experienced in guiding families through both fault-based and no fault divorces involving marital agreements, property division, and mediation proceedings.
Our firm offers personalized representation in:
- Alimony, Maintenance or Spousal Support
- Child Support
- Child Custody Issues, including visitation & placement
- Marital Property Division
- Name Changes
- Premarital & Prenuptial Agreements
- Post-nuptial Agreements
- Post-judgment Modifications
- Contempt & Enforcement Proceedings
- Termination of Parental Rights
- Domestic Violence
- Restraining Orders
- Child Protective Services, including suit intervention & defense
What is Divorce?
A divorce is the termination of a marriage or a marital union before the death of either spouse. The effect of a divorce is that the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage, and the bond of matrimony between you and your partner are completely severed. Either spouse may initiate a divorce and the divorce can be contested or uncontested, no-fault or at-fault divorce, and a mediated or collaborative divorce.
No Fault or At-Fault Divorce
When a divorce is granted on grounds of cruelty, adultery, conviction of a felony, abandonment, living apart for at least three years, and confinement to a mental hospital it is a fault-based divorce.
In Texas a spouse can obtain a no-fault divorce on grounds of insupportability. This means that the personal conflict between the two spouses has destroyed the very purpose of the marriage without a reasonable hope for reconciliation.
Contested vs Uncontested Divorce
In a contested divorce the spouses have unresolved issues. Consequently, the spouse who is the petitioner files an original petition for divorce, indicating the reasons for asking for the divorce, the relief (s)he is requesting from the court and any temporary orders (s)he may need from the court. In a contested divorce, the parties disagree on some or all of the issues in the divorce. At Kafor Law Firm, PLLC, we make recommendations to our clients on the possible outcome of the contested issues, and encourage our client to be reasonable throughout the negotiation or mediation process. Sometimes, a contested divorce may be resolved by agreement of the parties through the help of the attorneys. However, at Kafor Law Firm, PLLC, we are prepared to represent our clients in trial, if the parties do not reach agreement.
In an uncontested divorce both spouses are in agreement on child custody and support issues, marital property issues and spousal support issues, and they sign all the required papers to document this understanding.
Mediated or Collaborative Divorce
In mediation, a neutral third party (the mediator) considers the interests of the spouses (could be in the presence of their lawyers) and helps them take decisions about issues arising from their divorce. This is non-adversarial and is cooperative.
Collaborative divorce requires 4 or more parties and it is adversarial. Each party hires a collaborative attorney (a divorce lawyer trained in the collaborative law process) and the parties and their attorneys meet to negotiate and try to come to an agreement on the subject.
How Divorce is Done at Kafor Law Firm, PLLC
The emotional and psychological strain of divorce makes it one of the hardest experiences one can go through. So whether you are making the decision to file for divorce or you have been served with a divorce compliant, contact the attorneys at Kafor Law Firm, PLLC, and our divorce attorneys will assist you through your divorce professionally, efficiently and compassionately.
At Kafor Law Firm, PLLC, we treat your clients with the top-most discretion from the start to finish of your case. We encourage our clients to mediate when necessary, but failing mediation, we are fully prepared to go to court to protect the interest of our clients. Our experienced divorce attorneys work diligently and aim to minimize the negative impact of divorce on the children (if there are any), marital property (if there are any) and relationships between the parties, whilst protecting the future of the children and important investments you have built over time.
We spend time consulting with and educating our clients on the divorce process, and breaking down complex divorce matters to the client’s understanding. We make recommendations based on our experience and the law, factoring in our client’s culture. At Kafor Law Firm, PLLC, we empower our clients to make well-considered decisions about the issues that arise as a result of divorce. Some of the issues that may arise in a divorce case, include spousal support, child support, child custody and visitation, child relocation and placement, marital property division, name change.
At Kafor Law Firm, PLLC, we represent clients in annulment matters, premarital and prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, post-judgment modifications, contempt and enforcement proceedings, child paternity cases, termination of parental rights, domestic violence- restraining orders, Attorney General initiated child support cases, intervention case, grandparent rights, mediation, common law divorce, adoption and surrogacy cases.
Both parents have a duty to secure financial and medical support for their children. A court can issue an order requiring either or both parents to provide financial support for their child’s living expenses, education, health care, and other needs. We can help a parent obtain support, or defend against an unwarranted claim for support.
During a divorce, the court may award permanent or temporary spousal support (also referred to as alimony or maintenance) to be paid in a lump sum or over a fixed or indefinite time period. When deciding whether or not to award support, the court considers many factors, including the spouse’s relative income, property, and earning capacity; the marital and property division and tax consequences; the standard of living established during the marriage; and the duration of the marriage.
When a child is involved in a divorce proceeding, the parents need to make arrangements for where the child will live, who will make important parenting decisions, and who will cover various expenses. Kafor Law Firm, PLLC, helps clients determine which custody arrangement works best for their family. A parent who does not have physical custody is entitled to visitation; we help clients achieve a plan that allows both parents to maintain a healthy relationship with their child. A successful plan fits your parenting capabilities and fulfills your child’s needs.
Paternity suits are actions brought with the goal of establishing a legal parental relationship. Once paternity is established, a father is obligated to support his child, and he also gains the right to share in custody or have visitation rights. Kafor Law Firm, PLLC, can help you establish, challenge, or disestablish paternity depending on your needs.
Divorce and remarriage may cause clients to seek name changes that reflect their current circumstances. During a divorce proceeding, we will file the proper documentation in a timely manner so that clients can make a fresh start when the divorce is finalized.