Free 30-Minute Consultation
We begin by meeting with the potential client for a free 30-minute consultation. Prior to the consultation, clients will be emailed an intake form and a questionnaire to bring with them to the consultation. At the initial consultation, we will cover a general outline of the divorce process, check for any issues that need to be addressed immediately, and discuss a general strategy moving forward.
After the petition for divorce is filed, a spouse can request that a judge hold a short hearing and establish a set of temporary orders to govern the parties until a final resolution is reached. These hearings are often used to setup temporary property arrangements, temporary child support payments, and temporary child possession schedules. Judge’s may also use these hearing to order child custody evaluations, grant temporary injunctions, and order parties to participate in mediation.
Division of Community Property
It is a mistaken belief that division of community property in Texas requires an equal 50/50 split of the community estate. Texas laws require that the court divide the community estate in a manner that it deems as “just and right”. It is important to have an attorney who understands the many factors that a court will consider when determining what is a “just and right” division of the community estate. Nii Amaa Ollennu Law Firm, PLLC can help ensure that your separate property is shielded from the divorce proceedings, while also achieving a fair division of the community estate.
In Texas, there is a legal presumption that it is in a child’s best interest to have continuous and regular contact with each of his/her parents. Texas also provides guidelines for child support. Divorcing parents often find themselves forced into standard possession schedules and child support requirements that do not accurately address the family’s needs. It is up to the parent and their attorney to present the court with an accurate and clear set of facts so that the court can make the best decision for the child. At Nii Amaa Ollennu Law Firm, PLLC, we pride ourselves on truly getting to know our clients and the details of their suit. We regularly advocate for possession schedules and child support payments that are custom designed to fit our client’s circumstances.
It is always our goal at Nii Amaa Ollennu Law Firm, PLLC to reach an amicable resolution to any divorce when possible. Mediation is a great way to do this, and is often required by Texas courts before the parties participate in a final trial. Mediation settings are normally either a half-day (4 hours) or a full day (8 hours). During this time, the parties work with the mediator to resolve any issues that remain contested. These issues generally involve child custody, child possession, and division of the community estate. While the parties’ differences may seem insurmountable prior to the mediation, a good mediator can often overcome these disputes and help the parties reach an agreement that is fair and beneficial for each side.
When all attempts at resolving the divorce amicably have failed, the parties will participate in a final trial. Unlike the temporary orders granted earlier in the process, the judge’s orders after a final trial are permanent unless modified by a later suit. Trials can last anywhere from a half-day all the way to a week or more, depending on the complexity of the issues. It is of the utmost importance that you be properly represented during a final trial. Nii Amaa Ollennu Law Firm, PLLC can ensure that you present to the court an organized, clear, and convincing argument to help guide the court in making a decision that is fair to the parties and in the best interest of their children.