Question and Answer
2112 Rio Grande
Austin, Texas 78705
P: 512.474.2114
F: 512.474.0954
Email: info@risenhooverlaw.com
GENERAL

How much does an initial consultation with Risenhoover Law
Firm cost?
•        We provide discounted rates for all initial consultations. The
rates are $150.00 for an hour or $75.00 for half an hour.

How many divorces have I handled?
•        I have handled numerous divorces in Travis County, Williamson
County, and Hays County as well interstate divorces and international
divorces and custody matters.

What are the advantages of hiring Risenhoover Law Firm to
represent you in your divorce?
•         I am a young energetic attorney who strives to represent each
client to the best of my ability. I achieve this by staying current on all
the laws and requirements in Texas regarding the divorce process, by
being dedicated to each of my clients, and by being accessible to
each of my clients.  I had the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge
and experience while practicing as an associate attorney under two
Board Certified Family Law Attorneys before starting my own firm. This
knowledge and experience separates me from other young attorneys.   
At Risenhoover Law Firm you will receive the benefit of a young
attorney whose hourly billable rate is lower without sacrificing the
experience or knowledge of a veteran attorney in the area of family law.
•        Although I cannot make any guarantees as to a final outcome,
be assured that I will devote my best efforts in representing you.  My
primary goal is to provide clients with the highest level of service,
personal attention, and expertise.  Additionally, I appreciate your
desire to control the cost of legal services and will work with you to
avoid unnecessary expenses.

DIVORCE

What are the options for your divorce?
•        Drafting only, if you and your spouse have already reached an
agreement we can draft your Divorce Decree and accompany you to
the court house to have the Decree signed by the Judge.
•        The “kitchen table” or “agreed” approach is a good option if the
parties are able to communicate with each other and think that they
can come to an agreement concerning the division of their debts and
assets.
•        Informal settlement conference is a meeting with each of the
parties and their respective attorneys. It is a good option if the parties
are close to an agreement, but still need some outside advice on a few
issues.
•        Mediation is a good option for parties who are unable to reach an
agreement or communicate effectively with one another, however, want
to avoid the cost of going to court. This involves a meeting with a
neutral mediator and each party and their respective attorney.  The
parties will each be placed in separate rooms with their respective
attorney and the mediator will go back and forth between the two
attempting to mediate a settlement.
•        Collaborative law is a good option for parties seeking to avoid
court and maintain a sense of control and privacy through their
divorce process.  This process involves interest based negotiation
through a series of meetings with the parties, each parties’ respective
attorney, and a team of neutral professionals.
•        Litigation is used as a last resort when the parties are unable to
communicate with each other or through their attorneys to reach an
agreement. This involves preparing the matter to be heard in front of a
judge and having the judge make a ruling on the matter.

How long does a divorce take?
•        It depends on the circumstances. In Texas there is a sixty day
“cooling off” or waiting period before a divorce can be finalized. If both
parties are in agreement as to the terms of the divorce then it can be
completed on the 61st day after filing the original petition for divorce.  
However, if the parties are not in agreement it can take as long as
necessary to reach an agreement or the parties can attend a final
hearing in front of a judge on the sixty first day after the original
petition for divorce was filed.

How much does a divorce cost?
•         If it is an agreed divorce with children it will probably cost around
$2000.00. If it is an agreed divorce without children it will probably cost
around $1500.00. If it is a collaborative case it will probably cost
around $4000.00. And if it is a litigated case it will depend on the facts
and circumstances of each individual case. Please note that these are
all estimates to give you an idea of the costs associated with getting a
divorce. Each case has to be assessed based on its individual facts
and circumstances to determine the actual costs of services.

Do we offer flat fee divorces?
•         Yes, we do offer flat fee divorces.  However, both parties must be
in agreement on the terms of the divorce in order for it to be
considered for a flat fee rate.  

Can I file for divorce in Texas if I live out of state?
•        Yes, as long as your spouse has lived in the state for the
proceeding six months and has been a resident of the county where
you file for the preceding ninety days.

CHILD CUSTODY/CHILD SUPPORT

What are the factors that a judge will consider in determining
custody of the children in a divorce situation?
•         The best interest of the child will always be the primary
consideration of the court in determining custody issues.  

What is standard possession and are there other options?
•        A standard possession schedule allows the possessory
conservator to have possession of the children on the first, third, and
fifth weekend of every month and every Thursday during the school
year from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Holidays are alternated with one parent
having the kids even numbered years for certain holidays and the
other parent having the kids in odd numbered years for the respective
holiday.
•        If you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement
regarding the possession schedule you can make it whatever works for
your own personal schedules.  If you need suggestions on what other
people have done we have plenty of alternate possession schedules
as options.

What are the guidelines for child support in Texas?
•        1 child 20% of the Obligor’s net resources
•        2 children 25% of the Obligor’s net resources
•        3 children 30% of the Obligor’s net resources
•        4 children 35% of the Obligor’s net resources
•        5 children 40% of the Obligor’s net resources
•        6+ children not less than the amount for 5 children

•        You can find a child support calculator here:
Child Support Calculator