At Agreed Divorces, we're proud to offer a variety of divorce-related services to our clients. Not every divorce has to be a contentious, drawn-out court battle—we work with our clients to dissolve marriages peacefully and collaboratively.
The Agreed Divorce: A Better Path Forward
At Agreed Divorces, we use a unique six-step method to efficiently help our clients move through the divorce process. You can learn more about our methodology by visiting our Process page, but here's a brief summary of the six steps:
- Free consultation. Our managing partner and lead attorney, Mr. Evans, will sit down with you to explore your options and find the best path forward.
- File your petition. We'll help your file for divorce using our own custom petition.
- Online questionnaire. You and your partner will answer a questionnaire, which helps us draft an Agreed Final Decree of Divorce that protects your rights and pursues your best interests.
- Draft the decree. We'll draft the decree and work with you to revise it as necessary.
- Review and sign documents. Once all is said and done, you and your spouse have the final say on signing the documents.
- Finalize the divorce. We'll help you officially dissolve your marriage.
We understand that for many of our clients legal fees are a concern. That's why we use a flat-fee pricing model for our basic Agreed Divorce package. We let you know up-front how much your legal fees will be, so you never have to worry about hidden costs or paying for consultations.
Our Practice Areas
At Agreed Divorces, we provide the bulk of our services for the following practice areas:
- Collaborative divorce. In a collaborative divorce, the parties work together to dissolve their marriage in a peaceful and mutually beneficial manner. Unlike mediation, collaborative divorces do not necessarily involve a court-ordered mediator. We're here to help you safeguard your rights and pursue your best interests throughout the divorce process, so you don't regret the terms of your divorce later down the road.
- Divorce mediation. In mediation, two parties work with a mediator to dissolve their divorce. As a board-certified family lawyer and mediator, Mr. Evans can oversee the mediation process for you. Alternatively, our mediation attorneys can also give you legal advice during the mediation process (something a mediator cannot do) if you already have a mediator.
- Uncontested divorce. We can work with you to resolve your uncontested divorce using our six-step method. As an alternative to collaborative divorce or mediation, our uncontested divorce services help clients who agree on how to proceed with the divorce but might not have settled on a negotiation method or have some reservations about the process.
- Agreed modifications. Court orders, such as child custody arrangements, often become outdated over time. If you experience a substantial change in circumstances that makes it difficult or impossible to comply with a court order, we can help you modify it and obtain an order that more accurately represents your current situation.
At Agreed Divorces, we believe in giving back to our community by enabling Texans to dissolve their marriages with dignity, grace, and respect. Our veteran Austin divorce attorneys can help you find the best path forward for your divorce.
Agreed Divorces: Helping Parents Do What's Best for Their Children
For many parents, the child custody battle is the most singularly stressful part of the divorce process. The fear of "losing" custody causes one parent to escalate the conflict against the other, making the divorce more contentious and drawn-out.
In return, the constant emotional turmoil and leaving the decision to a judge to decide what is in your child's best interest often comes at an enormous emotional and financial cost. While in litigation, there will be a "winner" and a "loser." Unfortunately, children often can't see or process the difference. All they see, feel, and absorb is conflict.
At Agreed Divorces, we offer a better way forward for parents. An Agreed Divorce with our firm encourages collaboration and agreement between parents deciding what they know to be in their children's best interest.
Request Your Free Consultation
File Your Petition With the Court
Work Out the Details of Your Divorce
Draft Your Initial Divorce Decree
Review & Sign Final Documents
Finalize Your Agreed Divorce
Before we cover how Austin child custody attorneys at Agreed Divorces can help you with your case, it's crucial to understand how child custody works in Texas.
Texas courts break down child custody into two components: conservatorship, and possession/access.
Conservatorship dictates the rights and duties of the parent. Conservatorship governs how parents make decisions for their child, such as where the child should go to school, what kind of medical care they should receive, the role of religion in the child's life, etc. In other states, conservatorship is commonly referred to as "legal custody."
Possession (or access) determines how much time the parents spend with the child. In other states, possession is commonly referred to as "physical custody."
Unless one parent has proven themself to be unfit as a caretaker (due to drug/alcohol/child abuse, neglect, or other unacceptable behaviors), most courts try to pursue joint conservatorship and possession arrangementsfor parents.
The court considers the following factors during child custody cases:
- The child's physical and emotional needs
- The stability of each parental home
- The parents' plans for the child
- How cooperative the parents are
- The parents' skills as caregivers
- The child's preference (if 12 or older)
- How different custody arrangements might affect the child
- Each parents' record as a caregiver
In most custody cases, the court asks parents to attend mediation to resolve their differences and come to an agreement on how to handle custody. However, if the parties are unable to resolve their differences through mediation, the court makes a final custody judgment on their behalf.
One of the most critical elements of any child custody case is the parenting plan. The parenting plan essentially lays out the terms for the custody arrangement, including provisions for factors like:
- how much time each parent spends with the child;
- what education/medical care/religious influence the child should receive;
- how the parents conduct themselves towards each other while around the child (for example, most parenting plans include a clause prohibiting parents from disparaging one another to the children to prevent a "good cop, bad cop" parenting dynamic);
- what disciplinary measures the parents can use;
- how to handle vacations or other events that change the timeshare arrangement;
- anything else the parents or their attorneys consider relevant to the case.
As you may have noticed, the traditional child custody process in Texas leaves a lot of power in the hands of the court. While court oversight can be beneficial in certain situations (such as when a parent has a record of domestic abuse), it often introduces unnecessary tension into the custody process.
The biases and preferences of the court can play into its judgment, negatively affecting the outcome of the case. Unfortunately, many court-ordered child custody arrangements end with both parents feeling frustrated and angry, which doesn't facilitate the best co-parenting environment.
Why leave such significant decisions in the hands of a Judge (with all due respect to our judiciary) who has never met you and may not make the best decision for your children?
Our Agreed Divorce Attorneys stand ready to offer ideas and options for parenting plans, custody agreements, and visitation arrangements. The process of an Agreed Divorce is far less expensive, achieves a faster resolution, and gives parents the ability to have control over the parenting plan and the outcome of their divorce.