Dallas and Plano Family Law Attorneys

Divorce can be one of the most challenging things you will ever go through. It is important that you retain a sensitive and caring attorney who will keep your best emotional and financial interests in mind.

At The Barbknecht Firm, P.C., our aim is to help you through this emotional and challenging time by taking care of the details of your divorce as efficiently as possible.

Contact our Plano family law lawyer today to schedule an appointment. We serve clients in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Richardson, Carrollton, Highland Park, University Park, Garland and all of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, Hunt and Tarrant counties.

Texas Divorce Lawyers

Divorce Planning

At The Barbknecht Firm, P.C., we have counseled many clients during the weeks, months and even years leading up to divorce. Planning for your divorce can help assure less disruption in your life, your finances, and your emotions.


If you are serious about ending your marriage, we can let you know what is involved in a divorce or legal separation, how long it usually takes and the usual expenses involved, as well as how it may affect you, your business and your children.

Property Division

By understanding how Texas courts have divided property in similar cases in the past, we can help you set realistic expectations and plan accordingly, including cases involving a high level of assets or high conflict.

Complex Property Division

A complex property division involves a number of procedural and process steps. To begin with, your divorce attorney needs to hire experts in valuing the assets involved.

Child Support

By state law, Texas uses a formula to determine the amount of child support a non-possessory (sometimes called noncustodial) parent must pay.

Child Custody and Visitation

While the law is gender neutral, courts still have a tendency to award most time with a mother. The parent with the most time is also known as the possessory (or custodial) parent. The noncustodial parent is granted visitation rights. We can also help you protect and/or develop a parent-child relationship.


Alimony and spousal support are called “separate maintenance” in Texas. It is awarded only when two specific conditions are met.

Mediation and Collaborative Law

Our lawyers offer clients alternatives to a full-blown divorce trial with depositions and interrogatories. Those alternatives include mediation and collaborative law.

Protective Orders

We often recommend reasonable protective orders as a shield for our clients to prevent their spouses from doing something stupid.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement can also be a way to protect those who count on you for financial security, such as children from a prior marriage and elderly parents.

Child Support and Custody Modifications

There are many circumstances when Texas courts will approve a modification to a divorce decree, including relocation of the custodial parent.


We help families navigate the complex adoption process and do all the legal paperwork that says a child is theirs forever.

Paternity Actions

The first part of a paternity action consists of providing evidence, including DNA testing, to determine the father of the child. Once paternity is established, the rest of the lawsuit determines legal rights and obligations of the father.

Grandparents’ Rights

If you are a grandparent who has been unreasonably denied visits with a grandchild as a result of your child’s divorce, you may be entitled to court-ordered visitation.

Same-Sex Issues

If you are in a same-sex partnership, you are all too aware of the difficulties that you face. We can help you with a variety of services, ranging from the creation of an ante nuptial agreement or cohabitation agreement, to helping you negotiate a separation agreement if your partnership is ending.

Dallas County Child Custody Law Firm

Contact our Plano family law lawyer at The Barbknecht Firm, P.C., for a free initial consultation. You can count on us to get you through this.