Texas Divorce & Family Law Attorneys

When you encounter sensitive legal matters in your divorce or family law case, you want reassurance and experience. You will receive both at Underwood Perkins. Ending marital relationships create the most difficult issues for resolution. Besides the emotional challenges, there are often long-term financial challenges. While child custody arrangements may change over time, property division and support are less flexible. You want a fair distribution of marital assets while balancing your interests. Our attorneys and staff offer more than 60 combined years of experience in family law, and we use state-of-the-art technology to manage your case through each stage. However, do not mistake our efficiency for lack of feeling; we know this is not an easy time, and we temper our advocacy with compassion. Family matters are about changing relationships, and there is no need to give up property rights or sacrifice the relationship with your child(ren) when tempers flare and challenges arise. Call us today to schedule a consultation and see what our firm offers you.  While we handle many contingencies arising in family law, our most frequent focus areas include:
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Spousal and Child Support
  • Division of Property & Retirement Benefits
  • Premarital Agreements & Post Marital Partition Agreements
  • Adoption
  • Paternity Determination
  • Modification Actions
  • Enforcement Proceedings


Texas is a community property state, meaning all property acquired during the marriage belongs to both spouses even if titled only in the name of one spouse. The court divides community property equitably. Each spouse retains their separate property. 

Equitable does not mean a straight 50/50. When dividing property, the court considers many factors such as earning power disparities, health issues, child custody, educational levels, and future employability. In egregious cases involving abuse or intentional cruelty, the court may also consider fault for the divorce in making the property division.

If both spouses contribute to a business’ growth and development, it may have become a community property asset. When this happens, parties often request business valuations and propose a division based upon that valuation. Once complete, the party with the most significant role in the business might buy out the other party’s interest. If the business was formed before the marriage or the other spouse did not participate, the business may not be a community property asset. Before making any final decisions on a company owned by a person involved in a divorce, consult with a family law attorney and your business attorney.

Pension and retirement benefits earned during marriage are community property. Like businesses, parties value the pension or retirement benefits earned during the marriage, and the court then decides on an equitable distribution. 

If both parties have similar earning capacity and each has their own retirement benefits, a court may award parties their own accounts. If there is a significant difference, awards of other community property may make up for the difference to accomplish an overall equitable division. 

 Again, family law cases are as diverse as the people involved. Before agreeing to any division or settling a divorce, speak with a board certified family attorney to ensure all of your interests are protected.

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