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You need someone who is compassionate, aggressive and experienced in order to properly guide you through this unsettling time. Many clients feel much better after consulting with me about their situation. This is a time that can consist of many twists, turns and unknowns. However, this does not have to be the case. With an attorney who is board certified in family law, you will be guided in the right direction at every step. From assistance with property and custody matters to advice regarding your general situation, William Doonan is here for you as an advocate and as a guide. Don’t hesitate, don’t wander around in the dark. Call today and get on the right track.

Divorce Involves Three Things:

  1. Changing your marital status
  2. Addressing the Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship if there are any children of the marriage (see custody section), and
  3. Dividing property

Community Property

Texas is a community property state. This means that presumptively all of the property held by either spouse belongs to the community estate (as opposed to the separate estate of each spouse). However, there are many exceptions to this classification. Unfortunately, I hear many of my clients and prospective clients say “I guess they’re just going to get half?” Fortunately, this is not necessarily true. I have prosecuted many divorces in which my client received far more than half of the division of the estate. Contact me today so that we can discuss your options for obtaining the most out of your divorce.

Contested Divorce

A contested divorce is exactly what its name sounds like. The parties have not come to an agreement regarding either the property of the marriage or the suit regarding the children, and therefore, the suit has to be litigated. Don’t go into the courtroom blind. Contact my office so that you get the benefit of thousands of hours of litigation experience.

Uncontested Divorce

It is a possibility that your divorce may be uncontested. In this situation the parties have come to a firm agreement regarding the children of the marriage and further regarding the marital assets and liabilities. It is still extremely important to get an attorney that knows what they’re doing. Drafting errors and omissions in divorce paperwork can be crucial and can further haunt you for years to come.

Post-Divorce Division of Property

Did your ex-spouse hide property? Did you discover it after the divorce? There is a time limit for this situation. Contact my office today if this is the case. If you are in this boat then there are remedies under the Texas Family Code that were written specifically for you.



  • The legal term used for custody is actually “conservatorship”.  If you feel in your heart that it is in your child’s best interest to primarily reside with you over the other parent, then it is important to talk to an experienced lawyer regarding your options.  Obtaining the right to designate the primary residence of your child is not always an easy task, but it is a noble one and one that is worth fighting for.  Don’t do this on your own, contact William Doonan today in order to put you in the best legal position.
  • If you file for a divorce and there are children involved then the Family Code requires that a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship also be taken up in the same matter


  • Just because you did not obtain the desired result the first time, does not mean that you are stuck with that result forever. Your case could be ripe for a modification. Under many circumstances it is possible to change the conservator who has the right to designate the primary residence of the child. It is also possible to change visitation schedules and child support. Contact William Doonan today in order to see if your case is ripe for modification.



  • Assisting families in adoptions is one of the most rewarding areas of my practice. When an adoption occurs, a child becomes part of a family as if that child were physically born to that family. The law makes no distinction. Inheritance rights, legal standing and many other benefits are conferred to a family that chooses to adopt a child. Joy through adoption could be just one call away.

Child Support


  • Hiring an experienced attorney to represent you in a child support case could be crucial. I have heard people say “they are going to award the same amount regardless”. Nothing could be further from the truth. The amount that you spend to retain an attorney to assist you in a child support case could easily pay for itself after a short time in the long run.



  • “They’re just not going to follow the orders, so I am just going to give up!” I hear this all too often. It’s unfortunate that people just throw their hands in the air when the other party refuses to obey court orders regarding family law matters. There are many legal remedies available despite the obstinance of the other party. Call today in order to regain peace in your life.
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