Family Law Attorneys in North Texas


family-lawFamily law is about families, and it’s personal. Emotions tend to run high and can quickly spiral out of control. That is why hiring the right attorney is critical. At Hammerle, Finley & Scroggins, we offer an advantage that you don’t get at other firms – individualized attention and access to attorneys with a broad range of legal knowledge and experience. We do not handle 100 active cases at a time, or relegate clients to working with an inexperienced attorney.  Family law matters are difficult at best. Our experienced lawyers and staff offer responsive service. We truly care about our clients. For more than 30 years, our attorneys have representing individuals and families in Denton, Collin, Tarrant and Dallas Counties.  We help our clients by understanding each situation and work with you to achieve a successful resolution or be awarded a fair and just result. We are committed to solving family law issues with compassion and the skills to achieve the best possible outcome for your family. If you need an experienced family law attorney to represent you, please contact us today for a consultation.

Hey folks,

Mark Scroggins here. I’m the Chair of the Family Law Practice Group at Hammerle Finley & Scroggins.

You know, I get a lot of questions about divorce and family law matters on a daily basis. Each family law case is unique, but one similarity throughout all cases is that emotions run high and people can make poor decisions without the help of experienced family law counsel.

Some divorce, child custody and complex property division questions are less common than others. However, I also get a lot of similar questions in my day-to-day practice, and I wanted to take a moment to address some of those questions for you here. I've created these short videos on divorce and family law matters as a way to cover some of the more common questions that some of you may be wondering about as you face the prospect of dissolving your marriage, modifying an existing order or enforcing an order. My hope is that these videos answer those common questions that you may have and provide you with enough information to think of other questions and get informed.

If you need help of experienced and aggressive family law counsel, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via our contact page or by phone, at 972-436-9300.

Have a question for Mark? Email him.

Mark Scroggins Discusses High Net Worth Divorce

Hi, I’m Mark Scroggins with Hammerle Finley. I wanted to talk to you on the issue of high net worth individuals. A lot of the time, high net worth individuals in the context of a divorce face some really unique situations. A lot of the time that deals with differences between separate property and community property, and brings into issues such as tracing and things of that sort.

In these types of situations, we have handled numerous of these types of divorces, and because of that we keep a group of experts that we deal with fairly routinely. These can be certified divorce financial analysts, business evaluation experts, forensic accountants to help with the tracing of separate property, to make sure just what marital assets should be divided. I can help you walk through this process. If you find yourself in a situation like this and you don’t know what to do, give me a call, I can make the process a lot more transparent. Once again, Mark Scroggins of Hammerle Finley, 972-436-9300. Thanks.

Family Law in Texas: Tension During Holiday Visits

Hey folks, Mark Scroggins with Hammerle Finley law firm again. You know, the holidays are right around the corner, and for a lot of us that’s a really good thing, but for others of us that’s not such a good thing. So, it is amazing how often there is a spike in divorce work right after the holidays. So, one of the things to think about, if you’re sitting there and you have all this additional time with your spouse, your in-laws or things like that, and you know it’s gonna be a difficult time, you need to find some ways to be able to de-stress a little bit. If that’s just going out, or taking a walk around the block, going to the gym, or if it’s going to take a run, there is nothing wrong with going out and getting a little physical exercise to help you get through some of the hard times that can sometimes come along with the gathering of family. So, I ‘m wishing you a happy holiday season, and take care of yourself. If things don’t go right, give me a call, I can help you out. Mark Scroggins, 972-436-9300.

Child Custody in Texas: Distance

Hey folks, Mark Scroggins with Hammerle Finley. I get asked a question every once in a while: “in a case when parents live over 100 miles apart, does that mean that the non-possessory parent cannot have the children every first, third and fifth weekend?” A lot of people just assume that they only get to see the child or children once a month, and the answer to that is: No, it doesn’t have to be that way. They can still exercise that first, third and fifth weekend possession if they have the ability to do that. That’s an election that is going to be made by that person. So don’t go into a situation like this thinking, you know, if business takes you where you’ve gotta live out of town, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have first, third and fifth weekends with your kids. You have the right to do that if you have the ability to do that. So, if you’re running into that question, feel free to give me a call – 972-436-9300, and I’ll walk you through the process.

Child Custody in Texas: Part 1

Hi, Mark Scroggins again with Hammerle Finley. You know, one of the most difficult things that people often go through in the context of a divorce is that of child custody. Now, what exactly is child custody?

A lot of people think that that just means who’s got the kids and when. But, there’s a whole lot more to it than that. There’s conservatorship, and there’s possession and access. Now, the presumption in Texas is that the parents are going to be joint managing conservers. Now, does that mean they’re each gonna have the kids 50% of the time? It doesn’t have anything to do with that. Possession and access is totally different from conservatorship.

Conservatorship deals with what the rights and duties are as far as making decisions relating to the raising of your kids. Possession and access on the other hand, is exactly what it sounds like. Who’s gonna have the kids, and when. These are questions that have to be addressed before you actually file that petition for divorce. So, what’s important is that you find the right lawyer and the right law firm who have loads of experience in dealing with this. We’ve got a ton of experience at Hammerle Finley, you can call me here, we’ve been doing this for over 30 years, and we can walk you through the process. Give me a call - 972-436-9300.

Child Custody in Texas: Part 2

Hi, Mark Scroggins with Hammerle Finley. You know, one of the most difficult parts of a divorce quite often is child custody, and even once you get to the point where you understand the difference between conservatorship and possession and access, there’s still the question of how the court comes to a decision on child custody if the parties don’t reach an agreement. And you know, that is not an easy question to answer in full, but let me give it my best.

One of the things it’s going to depend on are the facts of the particular case. One of the things the court is going to look at is who has been the primary caregiver of the kids, who gets them up in the morning, gets them ready for school, takes them to school, who picks them up from school, who gets dinner ready, who helps them with homework, gets them involved in extra-curricular activities, do you coach any of those, all things like that. They are also going to look at the abilities of the particular parent to parent. Factored into those can be some negative things, like, you know, if someone has a drug or alcohol issue, anger issues, depression issues or other mental health issues. So when you’re looking at these, how does the court take them into consideration?

One of the things that is frequently done is a social study that’s going to be performed. Typically that’s going to be done by a psychologist or someone with a Masters level in that field or related fields. They’re gonna meet with the parents individually and they’re gonna meet with the parents with the kids, and they’re gonna see how they interact and ask a few questions. Based on that, the court-ordered expert, who is the psychologist I was just referring to, is gonna make a recommendation of who they believe is best situated to be the primary caregiver and what the schedule of possession and access will be, as well as conservatorship. It’s a little difficult to go into all of this in a period of just 90 seconds, so what I’d suggest is you give me a call at Hammerle Finley, 972-436-9300. I can walk you through all the steps and tell you how we get from point A to point B as easily as possible. Thanks.

Texas Divorce: Disparate Division

Hi folks, Mark Scroggins with Hammerle Finley. I had a meeting with someone the other day, and they had been served with divorce papers and they were asking me: “What does this ‘disparate division of the marital estate’ mean?”

Well, disparate division simply means that one person is gonna get more that the other. What can cause that? Well, there are a bunch of different factors. That’s where you get into the fault basis for divorce. And another area that you see a lot of the time is based on economics. And that is if you’ve got one person who is making a lot, and one person who is making a little. In those situations you very often see the lesser-earning spouse getting a larger piece of the marital estate, the idea being that it will help that person get back on their feet and the other person who earns more tends to recover from that much more quickly than the other would. So, give me a call if you’re facing some of these issues, you can get me at the office, 972-436-9300. Look forward to talking with you.

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