If you are facing a contested divorce or custody matter, there is a good chance you are worried, and need competent legal advice. It is likely you are seeking information and knowledge about where you stand and what you are facing in your future. Our lawyers and team members are here to help and guide you through the process.
You need experienced advocates to explain your options, formulate a strategic plan, and fight for the best possible outcome. Call or email our Family Law section now to get started – our team of divorce attorneys and experienced paralegals is ready to listen and talk about your opportunities.
What will happen when I contact Bollier Ciccone LLP?
When you first call, a specialized and compassionate team member will guide you through a series of questions to understand your situation, and schedule a meeting with a lawyer, if needed.
Upon consultation and legal representation, our team of legal advocates will always work with you to address your individual concerns and issues while building a personalized plan for you.
A powerful, trustworthy team will be on your side, fighting for your best interests throughout the entire process.
What is the value of a divorce attorney who is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization?
Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization is the highest level of certification an attorney can achieve in a specific legal practice area. Board Certified lawyers have a substantial amount of relevant experience and demonstrated special competence in their field.
Leslie J. Bollier is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and leads Bollier Ciccone LLP’s Family Law section.
The team approach
A real team approach gives you the highest level of service and vastly improves the likelihood of success. Every case at Bollier Ciccone LLP is handled as a team effort by our collection of specialists in different areas of family law – they bring unique advantages to your case. That approach provides you with premier customer service and earns you the best possible outcome.
Family law services
Our team consists of experienced trial lawyers and litigation professionals. Bollier Ciccone LLP’s specialties include divorce, modification, complex child custody disputes and enforcement, and complex property division and valuation. As a result, our team has a high level of experience and expertise in trials, parenting plans, child relocation, geographic location, or move cases, visitation, business property division, asset protection, asset tracing, hidden asset recovery, enforcement, prenuptial and postnuptial enforcement, conflict resolution, mediation, alternative dispute resolution, alimony and spousal support, and more.
Bollier Ciccone LLP represents families in Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, and throughout Central Texas.
High Asset Divorce & Litigation
Bollier Ciccone LLP clients are looking for a legal team to protect their family and assets. You deserve time with your children and an equitable share of the property, investments, businesses – and even hidden assets you might not know about. Clients dealing with these complex high asset divorces have a strong history of success with BC Law.
Trial is not appropriate for every case, but your situation might demand a rigorous litigation strategy, which is one of our strengths. Being prepared for trial often sets a litigant up for a favorable settlement outside of court. Our legal team has a record of success in the courtroom, so when it is necessary to take your case to trial, we have the skills and experience necessary to see it through.
Alternative dispute resolution
Most often, family law matters settle outside of court. Our clients require specialized attention and strategic analysis formulated with their legal team in order to determine the best course of action for their unique situation.
Whatever your specific issues, the team at Bollier Ciccone LLP will work to ensure that if your matter is appropriate for settling outside of court, you will obtain the best possible settlement.
Terms reached in regards to children may not forever be in their best interest. Circumstances could materially and substantially change and the terms once governing issues related to your children may no longer be appropriate. The lawyers and legal professionals at BC can work to counsel you in all aspects of any modification.
Complex Property Division & Valuation
In many cases, property is the most valuable asset during divorce, and your interests must be fiercely protected. If your matter involves assets, complex property issues, investments, and business interests, Bollier Ciccone LLP’s family law attorneys are uniquely experienced to understand the nature of your estate and property issues, and how to protect your interests on all levels.
Bollier Ciccone LLP assembled a comprehensive range of legal services to deliver success across all key aspects of complex property division:
- Property valuation and division
- Separate property
- Hidden asset recovery
- Property division enforcement
- Asset protection
- Trust fund interests
- Marital misconduct allegations impacting property division
- Non-disclosure, concealment or fraudulent transfer of marital assets
- Breach of fiduciary duties
- Division of marital liabilities
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
Spousal maintenance & alimony
The family law experts at Bollier Ciccone LLP are experienced in all forms of maintenance allowed in Texas. Each client’s circumstances are unique so the BC legal team will analyze your situation and provide counsel when seeking or defending against spousal maintenance and alimony.
At Bollier Ciccone LLP, we feel it is our personal duty to aggressively advocate for you and your family, while remembering that divorce or separation often has a negative impact on the children. We will work together to ensure your children’s safety and emotional well-being, no matter how high conflict your matter may be, or whether a settlement is reached or litigation is necessary. Our team of experienced family law attorneys help you navigate the many complex issues in all matters involving children, including:
- Contested child support
- Possession and access
Although the Texas Family Code provides presumptions and guidance in these matters, it is imperative that you be informed of the many different options that exist for these issues and have the protection of an experienced team. Child custody disputes vary widely. Disagreements between parents range from subtle, narrow issues to complex and intense issues such as the fitness of a party to even act in a parental role or the preferences of a child
We address your unique circumstances with insightful, creative solutions to ensure the best outcome possible for your children.
The Family Code contains rules for determining how much child support a parent should pay. The “guidelines” are just that, and while they are generally adhered to, many family situations present scenarios that would require a court to deviate from those guidelines. The monthly child support payment called for under the guidelines is expressed as a percentage of the average monthly net resources of the obligor parent who, with the percentage increasing with the number of children.
However, there are often special issues which require a deviation from guideline support, such as the obligor’s resources or other children, or anticipated expenses related to medical or other special needs of the child involved.
Each family circumstance is different and the amount of child support will ultimately be determined and tailored to the needs of each child and the circumstances of the parties.
Geographical Restrictions and Relocations
When one parent moves or wishes to move with the child a far distance from the other parent, legal and personal consequences can be severe for all involved. When a move or relocation is not agreed, it is necessary for a court to examine the facts of each case and make a determination on any geographical restriction or relocation of a party taking into consideration the child’s best interests and all circumstances.
These issues may arise for the first time in divorce, or subsequently in a modification due to a changed circumstance of one of the parties, such as a desirable career opportunity.
If your matter involves a move case- a relocation or geographical restriction- it is imperative that you are aware of the court decisions in your particular jurisdiction and that you have experienced and skillful legal counsel to guide you through obtaining your desired outcome. The experienced team of divorce attorneys at Bollier Ciccone LLP can help guide you through all aspects of the difficult legal issues which can arise when one parent wants to move with a child.
Under Texas law, a man may be presumed to be the father of a child. However, in a situation where a presumption of paternity exists, the presumption may be rebutted. In some situations, the question of paternity must be litigated in court, and genetic testing could be required. The parents of a child could also sign an acknowledgment of paternity in order to establish the father’s paternity. Lawsuits involving paternity may be necessary to determine parental rights, child custody or child support.
Texas has also passed laws regarding mistaken paternity, where a man has either acknowledged paternity or has been determined by a court to be a child’s father, but in fact not the biological father of the child and did not know so at the time. There are time limits on filing a suit of mistaken paternity, therefore, time may be of the essence in your matter.
A grandparent’s access to or custody of the child is not granted freely and is often very difficult to achieve. Texas has passed several laws limiting the rights of grandparents to special circumstances. In cases involving a grandparent getting custody of a child, the Texas Family Code provides that a grandparent can file a lawsuit if he or she can show that custody is necessary because the child’s present circumstances would significantly impair the child’s physical health or emotional development. Cases involving visitation rights with a grandchild are similarly difficult. In Texas, a grandparent must show that the parent does not have actual or court-ordered possession of the child and the parent is unavailable due to being incarcerated, dead or legally incompetent. The grandparent must also show that he or she is completely being denied access to the child and the denial results in significant impairment to the grandchild’s physical health or emotional well-being.
Conservatorship and Possession and Access
Conservatorship of a child is a concept in Texas law determining how parents will make decisions and how they are assigned duties on the behalf of their child, including which parent will determine the child’s primary residence.
Possession and Access relates to the schedule of time and access that parents will have for their children. The Texas Standard Possession Order in divorce provides a default schedule for the division of physical custody, or possession and access schedule between the parents.
The Standard Possession Order is a guideline for possession and access, and is presumed to be in the best interest of children ages three and over.
In our experience, many divorcing parents determine it is best for the child to agree to a custom possession and access schedule that varies from the Standard Possession Order, and which is specific to the needs of the child, the family dynamic, and circumstances.
Our advocates at Bollier Ciccone LLP can help to identify the specific needs of your family and child to create a parenting plan that is in the best interest of the child and fits the needs of your family.
We take into consideration all relevant factors, which could include:
- The ages of the children
- The parents’ travel and/or work schedules
- The children’s activities
- Customs and religion
- The geographical location of the parties
Contact us today regarding your unique situation and how our experience and advocacy can assist you with your custody case.
Family Violence and Protective Orders
Unfortunately, some matters involve family violence and members of a family are in need of protections. Our team has extensive experience with helping clients protect themselves and their family members from family violence. Texas domestic violence law (or family violence) protects members of a family (or in a shared household) including children from any act of intended physical harm done by another member of their family, or household. Furthermore, under Texas state law, domestic violence may include threats of physical harm between family members that place one or more members in reasonable fear of danger. This also applies to threats of assault and sexual assault.
Family violence is defined an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, dating violence, or abuse.
If a court finds that family violence has occurred and is likely to occur in the future, a judge will sign a protective order. A protective order is issued by a court and may require an individual to act or to refrain from doing an act so as to prevent or reduce the likelihood of family violence in the future.
Contact us today to arrange a consultation with one of our family law attorneys.