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Family Law

Texas Family Law Attorneys in Killeen, Temple, and Round Rock

The lawyers at The Carlson Law Firm are experts in a variety of areas. On staff we have well experienced, board certified family law attorneys,who are devoted to making sure clients receive the best family law counsel available.  The care and respect for our clients, is the cornerstone of what we offer. Here are some of the most common areas we handle:

  • Alimony

    Alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, is often awarded to one party during a legal divorce. The court can look at and examine all aspects of a divorce case to determine alimony decisions. There are many different forms of alimony and the court will have to take into consideration many factors to make a final decision. It could be temporary, or rehabilitative, or it can last permanently.

    Factors Used to Determine an Alimony Award

    This periodic payment from one spouse to another can take place if one spouse was convicted of a criminal offense that pertained to an act of family abuse within two years prior to the date which the divorce case was filed. If the divorce was 10 years or longer and the spouse that desires maintenance does not have sufficient property or assets, they may be entitled to a substantial alimony award. If the spouse seeking alimony award clearly lacks the ability to earn money, financial support can be required.

    If children are involved, alimony will be an addition to child support. The court can take into consideration the child support amount when determining alimony. An attorney from our firm can help determine whether temporary or permanent alimony will be necessary and other factors that should be taken into consideration. If the spouse that is seeking maintenance has proven attentiveness to seeking employment to care for themselves or developing skills to become self-supportive, alimony is given heavy consideration. The court takes into consideration the nature, amount, duration and type of payment by considering:

    • Their financial resources
    • Their employment skills
    • Duration of the marriage
    • Personal factors such as age
    • Marital misconduct
    • Spending habits


    These and many other factors are used by the court to determine alimony payments. At The Carlson Law Firm, we strive to provide the help that clients require during difficult legal situations. You will need to ensure that your well-being is cared for succeeding a divorce, and our firm is here to help. We can help you through this situation, so contact one of our offices in Killeen or Temple for a free consultation.

  • Child Custody

    Texas Child Custody Lawyer

    Divorce cases are typically very difficult, exhausting can become messy situations, especially when children are involved. When it comes to determining physical and legal custody of your child or children, you will be focused on ensuring that their best interest is made first priority, and so will our firm. It is an emotional situation that can be handled with the assistance of an attorney from one of our Temple, Waco or Killeen offices. At The Carlson Law Firm, we take into consideration many factors that are part of a divorce case and the family’s previous lifestyle to try and develop a child custody plan.

    Types of Custody

    If you are trying to develop a parenting plan without having to involve the court to a large degree, you will want to familiarize yourself and your near ex-spouse with the different types of child custody. Legal custody is the right and responsibility to make large decisions considering the child’s well being and future. This includes decisions regarding religion, education and other large factors. Physical custody determines where the child will actually be living. This parent will be making decisions concerning everyday life. Generally, it is decided that joint custody is the best option, since both parents will then be able to be part of the child’s life.

    It is important to understand the vast importance of fighting for you and your child’s rights in this situation. If you and your spouse are not able to arrive at an agreeable compromise, the judge will make a decision based on his or her outside opinion of the situation. Our firm advises that you make sure to take every effort to protect your interests. We can safeguard your rights and help you obtain child custody if that is in the best interest of your child. Contact a legal professional at one of our offices in Killeen, Waco or Temple to learn more about how you may be able to accomplish your divorce or family law goals.

  • Child support

    Child Support Lawyer in Texas

    Has child support caused domestic tension? When a family with young children is dealing with a divorce, one of the most difficult factors is determining child support. It is a sensitive but vital factor because it involves the health and well-being of a child. It is important to settle matters involving children with a knowledgeable and caring lawyer present if an amicable relationship does not exist. It is most important that fair child support payments can be worked out so that the child is not looked past and unable to be taken proper care of without support.

    Determining Child Support

    There are many factors that are taken into consideration by the court when pursuing child support calculations. The court will determine the income of both parents, including extra bonuses, income of businesses owned by either parent, number of children in the family, cost of daycare and other expenses for the child and health care insurance prices. At The Carlson Law Firm, we can help you achieve a successful verdict to your situation. Other personal circumstances can occur depending on child custody and other issues. Modifications can also occur in the future if that becomes necessary.

    There are times when a divorcing couple cannot arrive at an agreement by themselves. There are other times when a child support agreement is not being followed, which is an issue of non-compliance. In these situations, a lawyer can get involved to ensure that you and your child’s rights are being regarded. It is important to seek the help of one of our lawyers from The Carlson Law Firm for the reason that we can pursue actions to make sure this situation is not repeated. We have been serving the community since 1976 and can be available to help you through your situation. Contact our firm at one of our 11 office locations throughout Texas, including Killeen and Temple.

  • Divorce

    Divorce Lawyer in Killeen, Waco and Temple

    Looking for a skilled Texas divorce attorney? Even thinking about the concept of divorce can bring heartache to many hurting couples. Divorce is not an easy legal mater to handle, especially when matters of child support and child custody have to be determined. There are different types of divorces, contested and uncontested. Even in uncontested divorces, which are those involving amicable relationships, emotions are typically very sensitive. Feelings of anger, loss, pain and frustration are typically found and one of our attorneys from The Carlson Law Firm is available to release some of the burden from your situation.

    Grounds for divorce

    When it comes to establishing the grounds for divorce, the state of Texas has seven factors that can be considered. Grounds for divorce are reasons that a married couple will be able to legally get divorced. These seven include:


    This is the most common reason for divorce, which alleges that the marriage has become insupportable as a result of disagreement and conflict. If you and your spouse is not getting along anymore and you cannot see another solution, this would be your solution to choose.


    If your spouse has treated you or children in a cruel or abusive manner and living together is no longer an option, this would be the option to choose. This grounds for divorce is also often alleged.


    Adultery is a common grounds for divorce. It is when one spouse is not faithful to the other. When one spouse has sexual intercourse with another individual that is not their spouse, this can be used as a grounds for divorce.

    Felony conviction

    In the state of Texas, if your spouse has been convicted of a felony, is imprisoned for a year or more and has not been pardoned, a divorce can take place. This cannot take place if the convicted spouse was imprisoned on the testimony of the one pursuing divorce.


    If your spouse has abandoned you a divorce can be accomplished. The important part is that the abandonment has to have lasted for a year or longer.

    Living separately

    If you and your spouse have lived apart for at least three years, a divorce is a possibility. This is used when it is a mutual agreement to live separately.

    Confinement in a mental facility

    If your spouse is in a mental hospital and has been for three years, you can pursue divorce. When they do not appear to be improving, a divorce can take place.

    Why hire a Texas divorce attorney?

    Filing for divorce has many aspects involved. It is a process that is best accomplished with the assistance of an attorney from our firm. We can be your guide through the situation and walk you through each step of the process. No matter what the grounds for divorce, we understand that this is a difficult situation, which is why we are available to help. Since 1976, our firm has served clients in Killeen, Waco, Temple and throughout central Texas.

  • Visitation

    According to the opinion of most judges, children typically benefit most from interaction with both parents. Therefore, visitation schedules are usually formatted around this one primary consideration. An attorney from our firm can assist you with a visitation schedule that works for all involved.

  • Military divorce

    Protection of Active Military Spouse

    When it comes to divorce situations involving members of the military, there are specific laws that make the divorce more complex than typical. Special and unique issues take place when compared to everyday civilian divorces. There are laws that are set in place to protect active military members from being placed in default because of a failure to respond to divorce actions. Everyone has the right to know that they are being divorced, and active military men and women are often unable to respond at an appropriate time. This protection was established under the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, 50 UCS §521.

    Military Divorce Requirements

    The active military spouse will have to be personally served with a divorce summons or else the court will not have jurisdiction over the active military member. An exception can sometimes occur in uncontested cases where the active duty spouse does not have to be served if the member signs a waiver that acknowledges the divorce. The residency requirements include that either spouse lives in Texas and that the active service member is stationed in Texas.

    Other factors are specific as well when it involves a military divorce, such as child support and spousal support. The awards are not allowed to exceed 60% of the military member’s pay. For those on either side of a military divorce, our firm can make the situations clear and understandable. This is a situation you will not want to experience on your own as there are many specifications involved. We can help you reach an agreeable settlement, and if this is not possible, our firm can aggressively fight for you and your rights. Make sure to get the protection you need as you experience this difficult point of your life. Call The Carlson Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with a Texas Military Divorce Attorney in one of our 11 offices throughout Texas. We have been serving clients in Killeen, Temple and beyond since 1976, and we are prepared to help you.