Austin Divorce Attorneys
When you have legal concerns that involve your family, the outcome can impact many aspects of your life for years to come including your assets, property, retirement, child and animal custody. You want to have the best possible legal assistance you possibly can, no matter what your family law case entails. At Kirker Davis, our San Antonio divorce attorneys are dedicated to helping each client emerge from their case in the best possible position. If you would like to learn more about our team and how we can help, contact us directly today.
Bexar County family courts oversee many types of cases, and our San Antonio family lawyers help clients with a wide range of family-related legal matters. Below are only some of the issues in Bexar County with which we can assist.
Ending your marriage is often a difficult decision, and you may have a long legal road ahead of you. The divorce process can be made substantially easier with the help of a San Antonio divorce lawyer whom you can trust to protect your interests. Our trial attorneys help with every stage of your case, including:
Our goal is to put you in the best situation post-divorce, so you can positively move forward with your life and make the best decisions possible for your family, assets, real estate, property, business, profession, and wealth.
Some engaged couples have good reason to draft and sign a premarital agreement. This agreement sets out terms in the event the marriage should end in divorce. While many people consider these agreements to be unromantic, they can be highly practical. The right agreement can protect your interests and property, while potentially saving you time, money, and adversity in the divorce process. Even if you did not sign a premarital agreement before marriage, it is possible to sign a postmarital agreement as a married couple should you decide it is right for you. Our San Antonio divorce attorneys can advise you whether an agreement is wise in your situation, and we can draft an enforceable agreement that protects your rights.
Whether they are part of a divorce case or not, child-related matters in court can be stressful. There are strict standards required by law that courts use to determine custody arrangements and child support orders, and the final outcome of your case can impact your finances and your relationship with your children into the future. We strive to help clients reach custody and support agreements that work for everyone involved and, if this is not possible, we know how to fight for your parental right in front of the judge.
Not every family law matter becomes an in-court battle. In fact, many spouses and parents are able to resolve cases out-of-court, which can save costs, time, and stress. When negotiation does not work, we often utilize alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods to keep cases out of court. We represent clients during mediation or arbitration proceedings, protecting their interests every step of the way. If a case does require litigation, however, you can trust that we are highly skilled litigators in court, as well.
Family law cases are not the only legal matters with significant implications for which we provide concierge-level counsel and litigation. Our team also assists clients throughout Bexar County and the San Antonio area with the following:
When business transactions, changes, and disputes occur, you may face potential losses or liability that can jeopardize your success, hard work, equity, and wealth planning. Our lawyers represent individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners, partners, and companies in a comprehensive range of transactional and litigation services including business formation, contracts, breach of contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and much more. We seek the most effective and efficient resolutions to your business-related conflict and transactions.
It is never too early for clients to plan ahead for what might happen should they become ill, injured, or pass away. Kirker Davis Estate Planning attorneys can help you create and update comprehensive estate plans that protect you, your family, and your property. We assist with wills, trusts, and other legal tools that benefit your situation whether it is standard or complex, even involving many complicated trusts and business interests. Estate planning can be particularly important during litigation including divorce or business breakup.
If you need assistance with a family law matter, business litigation, or estate planning, look no further than the trusted attorney team at Kirker Davis. We help clients facing many different legal concerns throughout San Antonio, Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, Stone Oak, and many more great communities throughout Bexar County and surrounding Central Texas areas. Contact us online or call the office for more information about Kirker Davis San Antonio family lawyers.
As the Divorce Law Partners at their previous firm, Chris M. Kirker and Holly R. Davis oversaw a family law litigation practice of up to fourteen family law attorneys in three offices throughout the State. The success of their business practices, based on creative and innovative approaches to the profession, have changed the way divorce law firms operate in San Antonio, an impact which will last for years to come.
Prior to forming Kirker Davis LLP, Holly R. Davis and Chris M. Kirker were Partners at a highly successful law firm in Austin, TX. Holly R. Davis joined the firm after graduating from Baylor University School of Law in 2006. Chris M. Kirker joined the firm in 2011, after also graduating from Baylor University School of Law in 2010.
At Kirker Davis LLP we can help you through a variety of issues you may find yourself confronting in the course of ending your marriage. Call us at (512) 746-7304 to speak with a thoughtful, dedicated attorney.
Awards and Accolades
Holly R. Davis
Top 40 Under 40, National
Trial Lawyers, 2015-2020
Chris M. Kirker
National Trial Lawyers: Top 40
Under 40 Trial Lawyer – 2012-2020
Holly R. Davis
Top Ten Ranking, National Academy
of Family Law Attorneys, 2014-2020
Chris M. Kirker
National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial
Lawyer in the State of Texas – 2014-2020
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Frequenly asked questions
In Texas, there is a 60-day minimum waiting period for divorce cases. That means that in between the date that you first file for divorce and the date that you request the Court to sign your Divorce Decree, there must be at least 60 days. On average, most cases take at least four months to resolve. However, there are always exceptions. If you and your husband or wife have an agreement as to the rules about your children and the division of your community estate, it is possible that an attorney at Kirker Davis LLP can help you draft all of the required paperwork, including a Divorce Decree, and assist you in obtaining the Court’s signature on the Decree on the sixty-first date after the filing for divorce. This is the fastest possible outcome.
Finalizing your divorce in that short window of time is possible for some families. But often, it takes time for people to determine what their community estate is and then reach agreements as to how to divide it. Even if you believe your divorce to be relatively simple or easy, it is possible that you have not considered something that could provide a benefit to you or your children. It is a good option to have an attorney at Kirker Davis LLP review any potential agreements that you have reached so that you can consider your options and reduce risk in your divorce before signing on the dotted line of a Divorce Decree.
One of the first things that we ask our clients to do at Kirker Davis LLP is to provide us with information about their vehicles, real property, bank accounts, mortgages, credit card balances, brokerage accounts, inheritances, businesses, business interests, trust accounts, retirement accounts, stock, restricted stock, and other assets. When we have a complete list of what you own, we can then discuss how you’d prefer to divide it up. Providing information to your attorney is the first step in our process. Exchanging that information with your spouse and their attorney is typically the next step in our process. Reaching an agreement between a husband and a wife about how to divide it all up can be the most complicated part of the divorce. Depending on what you and your spouse agree to, it can be an easy task, or it can be drawn out and complicated. If your community estate is valued in the millions of dollars, you will want to have it thoroughly reviewed to examine the implications of its division so as to not put at risk hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. If husbands and wives cannot agree to the division of their estate after exchanging information between themselves, a court may divide the estate up after notice and a hearing. It is imperative that parties have the assistance of an attorney at those hearings given the thousands of dollars at stake.
While Texas does not recognize a formal legal separation, we work hard at Kirker Davis LLP to help you consider your options when you are not quite ready to file for divorce. Our attorneys believe that speaking with potential clients weeks before they discuss divorce or move forward with any decision is the best course of action so that the potential client is as informed about their options as possible.
At Kirker Davis LLP, we have helped families create rules for their temporary living situations, rules for the payment of temporary liabilities and expenses, rules for temporary possession schedules for children while parents live apart, and a process by which a husband and wife can exchange information about their estate, assets, real estate, liabilities, brokerage accounts, mortgages, stocks, bank accounts, trusts, vehicles, and college savings accounts in the event that they do decide to move forward with a divorce. Because Texas does not recognize a formal legal separation, it is imperative that you discuss a creative legal alternative with an attorney at Kirker Davis LLP by calling (512) 746-7304.
If a business was created before a marriage, there is an argument that the business should not be included in the divorce. If the business was formed after marriage, it may be community property. If it is community property, it could be divided in the divorce process. A community estate is comprised of assets that have accumulated during the marriage. Our goal at Kirker Davis LLP is to provide business owners and their spouses the information they need to proceed with their divorce without impacting the success of the business they worked so hard to build.
At times, people do not quite know whether or not their business is community or separate property. The characterization of the business may be one of the most crucial questions of the entire divorce. It makes sense, then, to speak immediately with an attorney at Kirker Davis LLP to determine what your rights are, and how you can begin to protect your important assets.
You may need the assistance of a business valuation expert to help assign a value to the business interest if it is community property. You may need to speak with an attorney about the value of the rest of the community estate to ensure that the business can be awarded to the business owner and a fair amount of the remainder of the community estate to the business owner’s spouse. Oftentimes, speaking with an attorney weeks before considering the divorce process is beneficial to the business owner or the business owner’s spouse so that you can begin to gather the necessary information that will be needed in the divorce.
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