WILLIAM B. DOONAN | ATTORNEY AT LAW

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Divorce

Divorce is not unheard of today and it is a difficult situation for both individuals and families to go through. If you live in Midland or Keller and are seeking legal advice regarding divorce you should get a Midland or Keller divorce lawyer who has a finely-tuned understanding of Texas law. If your family is facing a situation where an attorney is needed it is crucial to have an attorney on your side who will handle the situation with your best interests as their top priority. We offer each client a deep knowledge and understanding of the consequences of divorce.

If you are in need of a divorce lawyer, the experienced attorneys at the Law Office of William B. Doonan will be here for you through every step of the process. Our law office recognizes that divorce can be a complex process and we will use our extensive experience in child custody, child support, property division and other divorce topics to cater to your individual case. Along with this, our experience gives us the ability to figure out the approximate length of time a divorce will take and the costs related to the divorce. We will work closely with you to achieve a solution for you that balances the emotional, financial, and psychological factors of divorce.

Introduction

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.

Custody

  • The possibility that you may not have full time with your child can be one of the most emotionally distressing parts of if your life. Child custody battles affect parents and children alike, so if this situation arises do not hesitate to get a Midland or Keller Custody Lawyer to help guide the dispute to the best possible outcome. Regardless of your relationship with your spouse, your child’s best interest should be put first at all times and this will require an analysis of relationships among family members to ensure a fair arrangement for those involved in the child custody case.
  • It is vital that you obtain an attorney with extensive knowledge and experience when it comes to child custody because you need to know what all your options may be. Being insightful on different legal situations that may arise in your child custody battle is crucial, such as the difference between legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is where parents are able to make legal decisions on matters impacting the child, and physical custody is where the children live with parents. To ensure that your parental rights are secure, it is imperative to have a legally binding agreement regarding child custody and visitation rights so do not hesitate to contact us today.

Introduction

  • 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

Modification

  • 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.

Adoption

Introduction

  • 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.
  • One of the most rewarding parts of family law is the adoption process. Those who are adopting not only welcome someone into their family, but they also obtain the legal rights and responsibilities that they would have with a biological child. Welcoming a child into your family is one of the greatest gifts of all, but the legalities of adoption can not only be complex and lengthy, but they can also be mentally and emotionally draining. Therefore, having a Midland or Keller Adoption Lawyer who is skilled and experienced in handling many different types of adoptions is essential to the adoption process.
  • With years of experience, we are devoted to ensuring that your adoption process goes as smooth as possible.The Law Office of William B. Doonan recognizes that the circumstances for each adoption case will vary and is here to help your family achieve optimal happiness. Whether you are adopting a relative or are looking to adopt through an adoption agency, we will provide you with support and guidance every step of the way.

Child Support

Introduction

  • 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.
  • Determining child support is one of the most sensitive but vital factors when it comes to the overall health and well being of a child that has been through family divorce. Whether you are going through a divorce or you are a single parent seeking a legally binding agreement, our Midland and Keller Child Support Lawyers obtain the knowledge and experience necessary to help you through this stressful time.
  • The courts take many different factors into consideration when determining child support calculations such as the monthly income of both parents, child health care expenses and other medical expenses, extracurricular activities, cost of day care, school tuition, number of children involved and many other factors depending on each individual’s situation. Our attorneys are able to recognize and understand the concerns of mothers and fathers when it comes down to the amount of child support issued to ensure their child’s needs are met. With the help of our knowledgeable lawyers we can help you compile your financial information and ensure that fair child support payments can be worked out in light of both parents and the child’s overall well being.

Enforcement

Introduction

  • “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.

If your former spouse is slacking and not upholding their court-mandated duties you can take legal action with enforcement. Enforcement of court orders may become necessary in property and debt division orders, child custody orders, child support orders, and spousal support orders. More specifically, these enforcement problems can range from situations where a parent fails to pay child support, an ex-spouse fails to pay spousal support, a parent refuses visitation rights, or a custodial parent moves out of state or to another part of Texas without getting the approval of the non-custodial parents.

If any of these problems arise in your legally binding agreements do not hesitate to involve an Enforcement Lawyer in Midland or Keller. We have extensive experience with enforcement and understand that many of these legally binding agreements may have to be revisited due to unforeseen circumstances that arise in the future such as the loss of a job or a change in the health of a child. If you need guidance on how to revisit the terms of your agreement and enforce them we can help you through every step of the process.

Guardianship

Guardianship grants an individual the legal authority to take responsibility and make legal decisions for someone who is unable to make decisions on their own. Therefore, the guardian becomes responsible for their overall well-being including food, shelter, health care, education, and their mental and physical well-being. When placing an individual under someone else’s guardianship the courts will require a substantial amount of evidence to ensure this is the correct path for the individual.

The Midland and Keller Guardianship Lawyers at the Law Office of William B. Doonan have extensive experience in working with families who have loved ones who are no longer able to take care of themselves. They have a thorough understanding of the emotional distress that i put upon the one called upon to seek legal guardianship of an individual and will attentively be there through this complicated process. If you or your family has any questions regarding guardianship, consult with a Guardianship Lawyer in Midland or Keller today.

Probate

Probate is the legal process that takes place after someone passes away. When you lose a loved one who has a drafted will, the executor will then have four years since the date of death to file for probate. If the decedent passes away without a drafted will the laws of the state of Texas decide how the decedent’s assets are distributed. The legal steps that actually take place will vary from case to case depending on what circumstances are involved.

We understand how hard it is losing someone, and the legal issues that can arise with losing a loved one can make the situation more stressful. Do you need to settle a loved one’s estate? Are you concerned that someone may be taking advantage of your loved one’s death? Do you need someone to make sure that your loved one’s estate is administered properly? Regardless of the situation, our attorneys are here to help you. Our Midland and Keller Probate Lawyers are here to guide children, executors, surviving spouses, heirs, trustees, and beneficiaries through their specific probate circumstances. The overall probate process can be lengthy due to the factors involved such as the size of the estate and whether a beneficiary or creditor file any claims against the estate. The Law Office of William B. Doonan is here to provide the best care and service for you and your loved ones when it comes to settling the probate process.

Wills

The Midland and Keller Wills Lawyers at the Law Office of William B. Doonan understand the importance of having you and your family’s legal affairs in line. A will is a document that determines who will receive your assets when you pass away and it also appoints a legal representative to carry out the wishes of your will.

Having a will in place is crucial when it comes to protecting your family’s assets, investments, and overall well-being. You may start thinking about having a will in place if you’re facing retirement soon, have recently become married, or if you are starting a family. The truth is, it’s always a good idea to have a will in place. Proactively creating a will eases the process for your family members and helps avoid future disputes over your assets. If you are seeking legal help in the creation of a will or to ensure that a loved one’s will is properly administered contact the qualified attorneys at the Law Office of William B. Doonan.

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