El Paso Divorce Lawyer
Ending a marriage is never an easy decision. Accepting that your marriage is ending is even worse. What you need is sound legal advice and aggressive representation in settlement negotiations and in front of the judge. You need preparation that leads to results.
I am El Paso divorce attorney Mark T. Davis, and I represent clients in a wide variety of family law matters. If you are in need of good advice and quality representation, contact my law office online or call 915-603-5863 to schedule a consultation.
I am proud to have a number of veterans and active service members among my clients. If you are a member of the military or of a military family going through a divorce, I can help you.
Protecting Your Rights And Taking Your Side
Divorce is an emotional time, and there are occasions where the parties involved cannot find it in themselves to act rationally. Just like in the movies, after the split has happened former spouses may find themselves arguing over property they do not want and never even liked to begin with.
Times like this require cool-headed and independent counsel and representation. My method is always to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. If we can manage to craft an agreement that avoids the courts, it will save everyone time, stress and money. If not, I have been a trial lawyer since 1993 and will aggressively represent you at trial.
Texas Spousal Support Changes
2011 saw big changes to the alimony laws in Texas. Previously, the restrictive spousal maintenance requirements included a requirement that the marriage last at least 10 years and the maximum length of maintenance could not exceed three years.
Under the new law, the maximum support payment is higher and there have been adjustments to the formula for determining the duration of the alimony. A court may not order maintenance for more than:
- Five years if the spouses were married less than 10 years and there was family violence against the spouse requesting maintenance, or the marriage lasted between 10 and 20 years
- Seven years if the spouses were married between 20 and 30 years
Ten years if the spouses were married for more than 30 years
The new law maintains the need-based character of the old law, meaning that a requesting spouse must show an actual need for support after divorce, or have been a victim of family violence within the last two years. I have studied the development of the law carefully, and can help you determine what you may be required to pay or entitled to receive in spousal maintenance.
Full-Service Family Law: Divorce, Mediation, Child Custody And More
The end of a marriage can be just the beginning for your family law needs. Agreeing to a divorce decree is just the first job. I offer a full suite of family law services, including:
- Alimony and spousal support
- Paternity and fathers’ rights to custody and visitation
- Prenuptial agreements
In addition to the civil court, I represent clients who have had their family law issues spill over into criminal court. Examples include defense against contempt charges, violated court orders, temporary restraining orders (TRO), protective orders, neglect and instances of family violence. I also have experience in juvenile law, including truancy.
Contact My El Paso Office Today
Call me at 915-603-5863 or contact my law firm online to schedule a consultation with an experienced El Paso divorce attorney. Services are available in English and español, and I serve clients throughout El Paso County.