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Laura Alexander is a skilled and effective Family Law attorney. Managing the Family Law practice for Barnett Howard and Williams PLLC, Ms. Alexander is a caring and compassionate advocate for her clients as they navigate through issues surrounding Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, and modification. She has proven herself as a trusted family lawyer, handling cases across Tarrant and surrounding counties.
Luke Williams is a top-rated attorney for many different practice areas. A former assistant district attorney in West Texas, Mr. Williams is an experienced trial lawyer who knows how to prepare for and win cases in front of Texas juries. Always courteous and composed, Mr. Williams is a tough and strong advocate for his clients and has tried a wide range of legal matters to judges and juries across Texas.
Ashley Gilmore has a stellar reputation among clients, colleagues, and judges in Tarrant County. Getting her start in the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Mrs. Gilmore is no stranger to jury trials. She maintains excellent attention to detail to ensure that nothing is missed in the pursuit of justice and fairness for her clients. She is a highly-rated attorney in the Fort Worth area.
“[She] was compassionate, listened to all of our concerns, made the process as easy as possible.”
“Simply put, Ms. Alexander is someone you trust! Always professional, quick to respond, and definitely exceeded expectations.”
“During my case, the judge even told me that I had a great lawyer!”
Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC has garnered a reputation for being one of the best law firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. BHW was voted the top law firm by the Fort Worth Star Telegram readers in 2017 and their attorneys have been consistently recognized as Texas Super Lawyers (2015 – 2020 – Thomson Reuters), and Top Attorneys Fort Worth (2013 – 2019 – Ft Worth Magazine). The Family Law branch of the law firm is managed Laura Alexander, an attorney who is known as a meticulous, compassionate, and conscientious advocate in Family Law cases.
Divorce, child custody, and other family law matters are often difficult and emotionally charged. BHW strives to carry some of the emotional burden and set your mind at ease throughout the legal process. Our Christian divorce lawyers truly care for your well-being and seek to be a light in midst of the storm.Read More
At Barnett, Howard & Williams, PLLC, we recognize that marital separation and divorce can be one of the most difficult and emotionally painful situations that a family can experience. It is probably something you could never have envisioned when you said “I do.” In addition, divorce is often accompanied by added stress and complications. Deciding how to divide marital property (house, money, etc.) and what to do about child custody and child support are just a few of the common factors in the equation, and each side in the separation typically has competing priorities. Many times one spouse has been the primary breadwinner for the family, and alimony or spousal support may be an issue. It is not uncommon for many people facing these difficult decisions to become confused and depressed as they ponder their options. It is important to remember that the decisions a person makes during this stressful time can last a lifetime. Our divorce attorneys will protect your rights and your future while balancing the needs of your family. We will provide personal attention to each and every client and we hope to be a help during this difficult time.CALL BHW
Child custody decisions are among the most difficult a parent will ever have to make. Many parents want what is best for their child, but find it hard to agree on what that means. We understand that every family is unique, having different needs and different circumstances.
We are often asked, “How does the court decide who should get custody of the child?”
The Texas Family Code states that “the best interest of the child shall always be the primary consideration of the court in determining the issues of conservatorship and possession of and access to the child.” While “best interests of the child” is not well-defined, the court will usually consider the following factors (called the “Holley factors”) as guidelines:
All parents have a duty under Texas law to support their children. Usually, the parent that does not have primary custody of the child is expected to pay support. Child support (and spousal support) laws can be confusing and frustrating. We welcome your calls and emails to help sort through this area of family law.
Most folks simply want to know, “How much child support will I have to pay?”
The judge that signs the child support order has broad discretion to determine the amount of child support a parent (obligor) should pay. The amount of child support ordered should be in the child’s best interest. The Texas legislature has established guidelines to help a judge determine child support. The guidelines, which are presumed to be in a child’s best interest, give the court a percentage to apply to a parent’s net resources. For a parent who has no other children outside the current court proceedings, the percentage to be applied is as follows:
Contrary to popular belief, child custody and child support orders are not etched in stone. Texas law recognizes that there are times when a parent’s circumstances might change. Sometimes this results from the loss of a job, a promotion, an unexpected move to another city, a military deployment, or any number of scenarios. These life changes can have an adverse effect on one or both of the parents’ ability to satisfy the child custody and/or child support orders. Thankfully, the law allows for these orders to be modified. The process is not easy, but if it is in the best interest of the child and supported by evidence, the court may allow it. Modification, however, is not something to be taken lightly and should not be sought every time there is a minor change in one parent’s life.
When it becomes clear that the child custody or child support order needs to be modified, or even when you think there is a chance that you might need to modify them, give us a call. One of our divorce lawyers can help.CALL BHW
At Barnett Howard and Williams PLLC, we recognize that family law matters are never black and white. There are two sides to every story and both sides count. The decisions you make on issues such as divorce, child custody, and child support, can impact you and your family for the rest of your life. Your first decision, however, should be to hire the right attorney to help you sort through the myriad of issues that arise in a family law case. We take a reasoned and practical approach to every family law case, realizing that the court system is not always the best place to handle what you may be going through. Your family’s specific needs must come first. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your Family Law matter at one of our North Texas locations.