Jeffrey Owen Anderson has devoted his legal career to the demanding and constantly changing area of family law litigation. “I help people out in their darkest hour,” he says. “And, most importantly, I help children. I’ve been through divorce myself, and I have children, so that experience gave me a valuable perspective. It made me even more committed to helping kids and making sure their well-being is a priority.”
Some would say Jeff Anderson started his career at the age of five, when he started following his father who was a family law attorney (for over 50 years) around the courthouse. He worked in his Family law office through high school and served process in college. Now Jeff has been practicing family law for over 28 years. With offices in Dallas and Frisco, TX.
He joined Orsinger, Nelson, Downing and Anderson in January 2012 after seventeen years of running his own firm. He is Board Certified in Family Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and served on the Texas Family Law Counsel for six years.
Jeff has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Family Law (2009-2019-2022), in D Magazine as one of Dallas’ Best Lawyers (2002,2004,2006-2009,2011-2012,2016-2022), and earned recognition to Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters every year since its inception (2003-2021), including being named among the top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas (2016-2021), and earning the D CEO 2019 Award “The Most Power Business Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth.”
Jeff has written, lectured, and taught family law and trial techniques around the state. He has a philosophy of integrity, faith, family, service and excellence. Those aren’t just words.
Jeff is proud of his service as chair of the Special Concerns of Children Committee of the AAML. As a former member of the Board of Directors of Kids Matter International he helped children in our community and around the world. Every case is different and requires a different set of strategies, approach, and method of presentation. Knowing that he wanted to be a trial attorney, Jeff got his undergraduate degree in Speech Communications, studying the art of persuasion. His education, his practice, and his entire life have been spent developing himself as the best family law and divorce lawyer he can possibly be. Jeff has over 28 years of experience with child custody as well and takes a special interest in complex adoption, divorce, international custody, and family law cases in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metro Area.
“As my legal career took off, I learned that an effective attorney isn’t just aggressive and he doesn’t blindly follow the bullets as he shoots. An effective attorney is strategic and determined, has a strong sense of integrity, and is guided by values and faith. That’s how I try cases. There are two hundred ways to tell every story, but only one of those is the most persuasive.”
— Jeff Anderson
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How Do I Pick the Best Family Law or Divorce Lawyer For My Case?
1. I think truly great family law attorneys have 3 strong abilities. They know the law to the point of mastering how it interplays with the facts as they are thrown at him.2. They know how to try a lawsuit and enjoy it. The worst thing an attorney can be is afraid of going to trial. Better to be ready for trial and not have to go than to be afraid of it and settle for much less. 3. They know how to manage a case. This is where the decades of experience comes in. For Example a really great divorce attorney has a vision for the divorce case from the beginning, though it’s always subject to change. He plans a strategy for that vision and executes on the strategic points at the right times. He can explain the law, how the trial works and the strategy to his client in such a way that the client becomes part of the solution. Everyone wants their case over with quickly. That’s human nature. Most of the time, no matter how fast it’s done, it won’t be over fast enough. But not having confidence in your family law lawyer will make it worse. If you can identify these abilities in your attorney, it should help with the entire process, including one of the hardest parts – patience.”
Why Should I Hire an Attorney that only practices Family Law?
Many Texas residents have lawyers with whom they’ve worked for years, on issues such as drafting wills and other estate materials or dealing with business ventures.However, when a serious Texas family law issue arises like a marriage split, they wonder if it’s really that important to hire an attorney that solely practices family law for divorce, custody and other issues. They ask me if they need to hire a lawyer that is board certified in family law. In short, the answer is yes. A recent article in Texas Lawyer explained that, even though a lawyer can be great in his or her area of specialty, many non-family lawyers don’t always know how to handle a divorce case or a child support matter. They are not able to advise their client and efficiently spend their time on what is important. When it comes to Texas family law and the Texas Family Code, a number of questions exist that non-family law lawyers tend to “get wrong,” the article reported. Such matters highlight the necessity of contacting an attorney experienced in family law when you have a question about family law in Texas.
If you live in Dallas County, you can file for divorce at the Dallas County District Clerk’s office located at: 600 Commerce Street Suite 103, Dallas, TX 75202. Click Here for Directions
Although it is perfectly legal to file divorce papers yourself and act as your own attorney, we highly recommend that you hire an experienced Dallas Divorce lawyer. If the divorce is uncontested, the legal cost will be considerably lower but your interests will be well protected should your soon to be ex-spouse surprise you with anything in court.
You need to turn in a signed copy of the petition for divorce, this year and last year’s tax return, and filing fees payable by cash, check, or credit card.
According to the Dallas County District Clerk’s Office “To file for divorce in Dallas County, you should have lived in Dallas County for 90 days and in Texas for six months”. Technically, this means that either you or your spouse need to have lived in Dallas for at least 90 days, and have been a resident of Texas for a minimum of 6 months. Details can be found at this link here Representing Yourself in a Divorce:
The filing fees to submit a petition for divorce at the Dallas County District Clerk’s Office are $282 for a divorce without children. The cost for filing a divorce with children is $333. If you are filing for a divorce with children, we highly recommend that you call an attorney experienced in child custody cases. A judge alone can decide the custody and visitation arrangements for your children, and without an experienced custody lawyer on your side you will be leaving custody to chance.
You have two choices; one is free and the other you will fit the bill for. If you choose to let a Dallas County Constable serve your spouse with divorce papers, you pay nothing. However, if you wanted a private certified process server to serve the divorce papers to your spouse then you are responsible for delivering the papers to them to be served and paying the process servers. In some situations, like when the party that is to be served is evasive or hard to find, it is necessary to hire a process server.
If everything goes through without a hitch, your divorce can be finalized a minimum of 60 days after the petition for divorce is filed. Once the final divorce decree has been signed and filed, your soon to be ex has 20 days from the date they are served to respond to the divorce petition.
If they do not respond, your divorce is finalized by default. To check the status of a return of service visit: http://courts.dallascounty.org/default.aspx. To check the status of an answer to a petition for divorce visit: http://courtecom.dallascounty.org/pav/.