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Plano, TX Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Lawyer for Property Division, Child Custody, Child Support, and Parental Rights in Collin County, Dallas County, and Surrounding Areas


At the Law Office of Brian Bagley, we understand that divorce and family law matters have a deeply personal impact, and as such, they require personal solutions. We take the time to get to know you and listen to your story so we can tailor a legal strategy to best meet your needs. Attorney Brian Bagley has practiced family law in Texas for the past 10 years. If you need help protecting your interests in a divorce or child custody case, you can take comfort in his knowledge and experience, as well as his compassionate and conversational approach.

Divorce

The Texas divorce process includes many important decisions, including which resolution method will be the most effective, how you and your spouse will divide your property, whether you should pursue spousal support, and how you will continue to provide for your children’s needs. We provide qualified legal advice regarding all of these decisions and more, and we will represent you in negotiations or litigation to help you achieve your goals and priorities and reach the most favorable resolution possible.

Divorce can be complicated when you and your spouse have high-value marital and non-marital assets. We can help you document and protect your separate property, as well as understand your options for dividing complex, valuable community property like businesses, real estate properties, retirement accounts, and investments. We can also advise you as to how your high net worth may influence other elements of your divorce resolution, including child support and spousal support obligations.

Your business is your livelihood, and it is important to do everything you can to protect it during the divorce process. We represent owners of businesses of all kinds, including corporations, small family businesses, and professional practices. We can help you obtain an accurate business valuation and consider your options for retaining ownership of the business, including demonstrating its status as separate property, or compensating your spouse with other assets or community property.

Divorce often involves unique considerations for active duty service members and their spouses. We have direct experience with military divorce cases and the state and federal laws that apply. We can help you understand where and when you are able to file for divorce based on your residency status. We can also help you resolve issues related to military retirement and healthcare benefits, as well as consider alternative child custody and visitation arrangements that account for a parent’s needs while they are deployed.

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Property Division

Texas is a community property state, meaning that you and your spouse both have a claim to most properties, assets, and debts acquired while you were married. We will help you prepare for your divorce by gathering records of all of your marital and separate property. We can then help you protect your individual property, including assets from inheritances and before your marriage, and we will represent you in negotiations, mediation, or litigation to reach a fair resolution regarding the distribution of the marital estate between you and your spouse.

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Spousal Support

If you will need financial support from your spouse to provide for yourself after the divorce, spousal maintenance may be an option. We can help you show the court that you meet the high standards for a spousal support order based on your limited earning abilities, child care responsibilities, or physical or mental disability. We can also help you negotiate for spousal support through alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation or settlement conferences.

Family Law

In family law matters, parents need to consider not only their own best interests, but also the best interests of their children. In a divorce, child custody and child support are some of the most important issues to resolve. Unmarried parents must also handle these legal matters, with the additional challenge of establishing legal parentage and parental rights. We understand and appreciate the emotional stress that parents and children go through in these situations. We work to ease your burden and advise you on an approach that fits your situation, whether you need to negotiate an amicable parenting agreement or resolve a complicated custody dispute.

 

Child support is an important issue to address for both divorced and unmarried parents, as it helps to ensure that a child has the financial support necessary to live comfortably, healthily, and with the ability to grow and develop. We can help you understand whether you will be the paying or receiving parent, as well as the factors used to determine payment obligations. We can also help you secure child support through the adjudication of paternity or enforcement of an existing order.

Texas child custody cases involve issues of conservatorship, meaning decision-making and care-taking responsibilities for a child, as well as possession, meaning the time that a child spends living with each parent. We can help you pursue sole conservatorship or visitation rights in a contested custody case, or work with your child’s other parent to negotiate a parenting plan for a joint managing conservatorship arrangement. We can also help you protect your custody rights if you are under investigation by Child Protective Services.

Fathers have the same legal custody and parental rights as mothers in Texas. We help fathers establish paternity through adjudication in court or a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity to secure and protect their rights. We also represent divorcing and unmarried fathers who are pursuing conservatorship or visitation rights. We can help you reach an agreement with your child’s other parent, or make the case to the court that it is in your child’s best interests for you to be part of their life.

Mediation

Contested litigation is by no means the only available method for divorce and child custody dispute resolution in Texas. We also represent clients who are pursuing mediation, in which a neutral third party helps you and your spouse find common ground and reach a resolution, as well as binding arbitration, in which a third party decides on a resolution after hearing from both you and your spouse. These cases still require extensive preparation and a thorough understanding of the law, and we will be by your side to help you protect your interests and priorities.

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