Dallas Family Law Office – Jeff Anderson Divorce & Family Law Attorney
Are you seeking a Family Law Attorney to handle divorce or custody matters in Dallas County? Do you have concerns about complex divorce issues like asset and property divisions, or international child custody law?
Regardless of the complexity of your case, the outcome relies significantly on your attorney’s capabilities. With an experienced attorney like Jeffrey Anderson, you will receive proper guidance and support throughout the legal process.
How Do I Find The Best Family Law Attorney in Dallas?
The first step is to consult a family law attorney, who exclusively specializes in family law cases. Next, it’s crucial to seek out an attorney who is board certified in family law. This designation is attained by only a minority of family law attorneys in Texas. Being board certified means you’ve chosen an attorney from the top 1% of family law attorneys in Texas. Someone who has dedicated extensive time and effort to distinguish themselves from their peers.
Who Is Jeff Anderson
When you choose Jeff Anderson as your attorney, you are partnering with a highly regarded member of the family law community. Jeff has been individually recognized with multiple awards for his outstanding contributions to family law cases.
Additionally, Jeff leads a team of attorneys who possess a deep knowledge of the Texas Family Law Code. They are equipped to represent you effectively and aggressively in court, regardless of the complexity of your case.
Take the first step by scheduling a consultation to review your situation. Our offices are conveniently located in Highland Park and Frisco. Contact us today to book your consultation!
Dallas Office Location
5950 Sherry Ln #808
Dallas, TX 75225
Phone: (972) 248-8383
Hours: Monday – Friday 8AM to 5PM
Family Law Cases We Handle in Dallas County
- Child custody
- Uncontested & contested divorce
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Father’s Rights & Paternity
- Protective orders
- Dividing Property & Assets in Divorce
- grandparents parental and custody rights
- stepchild adoptions
- Custody modifications
- Adoption & Adopting a Stepchild
- Changing Custody Agreement
- Terminating Parental Rights
- Child support modifications
- Prenuptial agreements
Where Can I File for Divorce in Dallas County?
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
Can I represent myself in a divorce in Dallas County?
You have an absolute right to represent yourself in your family law case, though it’s kind of like taking out your own appendix. Family law attorneys spend years learning the law, the process, and the Judges. It is often easier and cheaper to have an experienced family law attorney to represent you from the beginning than it is to pay one later to fix all the things that might be damaged., we highly recommend that you hire an experienced Dallas Divorce lawyer.
Do I Have to Be a Resident of Dallas to file for Divorce in Dallas County?
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:
How Much Does it Cost to File for Divorce in Dallas County?
The filing fees to submit a petition for divorce at the Dallas County District Clerk’s Office is $350.00 if there are no children of the marriage and $401.00 if the parties have children. For a modification action, the filing fee is $95.00. A Judge can decide the custody and visitation arrangements for your children, though Texas is one of only two states that allow for jury trials on some of these matters, like primary custody and domicile restriction. Without an experienced custody lawyer on your side you will be leaving custody to chance.
Do I Have to Pay for My Spouse to Be Served Divorce Papers?
The short answer is “yes”. There are two ways to get your spouse served. One is to pay for service when you file for divorce. If you do that, a County Constable will serve your spouse with the documents. The other is to have a private process server take care of it. My office uses a private process server. They are generally slightly more expensive, but they will work with the client to get their spouse served. Constables often have no communication with the client at all. If your spouse chooses to sign a Waiver of Citation or file an Answer to your Divorce without being served, then there is no need for service at all.
How Long Does it Take for My Divorce to Be Final After I File the Paperwork at the Dallas County Courthouse?
By law, the Court can’t grant your divorce until the Original Petition has been on file for at least 60 days. That’s a minimum amount of time. If your case goes longer than that, the Court will not automatically dismiss your case on the 61st day. That 60 day time period should not be confused with the amount of time the other spouse has to answer the case after they are served. Once you or your spouse are served, the answer is due in 20 days, plus the Monday thereafter. That’s a bit confusing. It means that if the 20th day falls on, for instance, a Thursday, the answer isn’t due until the following Monday. If the case isn’t answered timely, then a default judgement can be taken, which means the case gets finished without any input from the spouse who was served. But if the case hasn’t been on file for at least 60 days, the Court can’t grant the divorce, default or not.