McKinney Family Law Services
Serving Texans In & Around Collin, Denton, & Dallas Counties
Navigating the intricate maze of Texas family law can often feel like a daunting journey, fraught with emotional turbulence and complex legal challenges. At Petitt Family Law, we understand that divorce, child custody disputes, or marital property division can be overwhelming due to their inherent complexity and because they touch on the most intimate areas of your life.
Family law matters often stir up a wide range of emotions, making it difficult for you to make clear-headed decisions. In such situations, our seasoned McKinney attorney brings experience and empathy to the table, guiding you through legal tangles with compassion and understanding.
We believe that the role of a family lawyer extends beyond just providing legal advice; it's about providing a calming influence during emotionally charged situations, helping you navigate the storm, and steering you toward a resolution designed to protect your interests and those of your loved ones.
With Attorney Melody Petitt at the helm, you can rest assured that your case will be handled with utmost professionalism and sensitivity. Using our extensive knowledge of Texas family law, we are committed to delivering personalized solutions tailored to your unique circumstances in all family issues and disputes.
These include the following:
- Annulment. This legal process voids an unlawful marriage, commonly based on fraud, coercion, lack of consent, or force.
- Child Custody. This often contentious process addresses parental decision-making authority and residency issues for children, a matter called “conservatorship” in Texas.
- Child Support. This financial support by parents for their children is mandated under Texas law.
- Separation Agreements. While Texas does not recognize legal separation, couples can enter into separation agreements to outline terms for issues involving property, support, and child custody.
- Parental Rights. These involve a parent’s right to make decisions about important aspects of their child’s life.
- Postnuptial Agreements. These contracts are entered into after marriage to address how assets and debts will be handled in the event of divorce or death.
- Prenuptial Agreements. These contracts allow prospective spouses to determine property rights and other financial matters in the event of divorce or death after the marriage takes place.
- Divorce. Divorce can be pursued under Texas no-fault rules or based on fault grounds. Divorce may be contested or agreed upon by the parties.
- Collaborative Divorce. A voluntary process where both parties and their attorneys agree to resolve all issues without court intervention, emphasizing open communication and negotiation.
- LGBT Divorce. LGBT couples have the same rights and responsibilities in divorce proceedings as heterosexual couples. However, property and child-related issues may be complicated by certain details.
- Mediation. This is a conflict resolution process where a neutral third-party mediator helps the disputing parties reach mutually acceptable agreements.
- Modifications. Post-divorce modifications can be made to child custody, visitation, and support orders if there has been a material and substantial change in circumstances.
- Property Division. Texas is a community property state, meaning all property acquired during the marriage is subject to equitable division upon divorce.
- Spousal Support & Alimony. Spousal support must be requested in divorce and is determined by many factors related to the financial and other dynamics of the couple.
- Uncontested Divorce. This is a simplified process where both parties agree on all aspects of the divorce, including property division, child custody, and spousal support.
Why You Need a Family Lawyer
Family law issues can be highly sensitive and complex. The laws governing these areas are intricate and impactful on you and your family’s daily lives in the wake of decisions made by the court. Getting it right the first time can be crucial. Rectifying errors or oversight in legal proceedings later can be costly, time-consuming, and emotionally draining.
You need options tailored to your specific situation and needs. Our firm is not here to amplify the conflict in a divorce or other proceeding but to help you resolve your case in the least adversarial, most efficient manner while still seeking optimum results. That is why we offer alternatives to litigation.
Thank you so much for all of your help! You and your team have been great and a huge help in aiding me to navigate through those difficult times. I’m glad it is finally over and I’m happy I had such an amazing team in my corner!- Ben
Excellent, professional and knowledgeable staff. Always ready to serve your family law requests.- Ross
Responsive, efficient, so knowledgeable about the law and what you need to get through the process. Melody and Stacy are a dynamic pair that you can trust to have your best interests in mind always. Love them.- Kayti
Melody Petitt handled my case quickly and thoroughly. I was so happy with her dedication to keeping my family and I safe and getting the proper legal measures in order. She was able to get my Protective Order filed and eventually won while keeping me informed and confident through the whole thing. I would highly recommend her to anyone.- Anonymous
You don’t know what you don’t know. However, you do know when something is not working out. With that said, I went through a couple of attorneys before being represented by Melody Petitt and that made all the difference.
I will start off saying that the divorce process is like a game. And the law is the rule book, which is a constant that does not change. Where the game gets interesting are the players involved, petitioner, respondent and legal team. Every case is unique, yet some attorneys approach the process as if it’s all the same. However, in my case, we were dealing with a high conflict personality; and, it cannot be taken lightly. Unlike my prior attorneys, Melody jumped on my case and took the time to really understand my situation and what we were dealing with. She took the time to educate me on the law and how it applied in my situation, whether it was something I wanted to hear or not. The law is the law. She knew how to deal with the opposing party. Strategy was the key, and she was prepared for anything. She earned my trust and with that trust, she help make this process tolerable. Most importantly, she was able to get my case wrapped up in a timely manner with a desirable outcome. An outcome that would not have been possible otherwise. I highly recommend Melody Petitt.- Dai
When Melody took over my case, it was going nowhere, the previous attorney had done nothing for months but allow opposing counsel to stall, allowing my case to become dormant, luckily that attorney left the firm. When Melody took over she immediately began filing motions, requesting documents that previously had been denied. The outcome of my case was not all I’d hoped for, but Melody made sure I was able to maximize and make the best out of a bad situation. She was always honest, forthright, and meticulous in her handling of the case. She even pushed for the firm to credit my account for work that the previous attorney had not completed. If you want integrity, honesty, and hard work, definitely hire Melody Petitt as your counsel.- Tomas
Melody handled my case with care & logic. She challenged me when I was leading with emotional rather than logic, and understood when she needed to pull back. She was an excellent partner through the whole process, and I have already recommended her to others.- Anonymous
As a single father living in a different state, Melody was knowledgeable about Family Law regarding my specific circumstance. She was personable and well versed in jurisdictional law in Texas and interprets the law similarly to the Court. Melody was respectful of my want to minimize cost but did not cut corners either. Melody and her staff was was communicative throughout the process. You will not find a better attorney than Melody Petitt!- Darryl
Turn to Petitt Family Law for All Your Family Law Needs
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