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McKinney Family Law Attorneys

If you are facing a legal issue in your family life, finding a solution that protects your rights while also minimizing any animosity between you and your loved ones will often be the best path forward. At Nordhaus & Nordhaus, PC, we have extensive experience representing clients in all types of family law matters. Our McKinney family law attorneys are intimately knowledgeable about the legal issues involved in complex family law matters, and we are sensitive to the practicalities of confronting legal issues in your family life.

Whether you need to protect your wealth with a premarital or postmarital agreement, are preparing for a divorce or separation, or need protection from an abusive partner or spouse, we can help, and we will do so with your immediate and long-term best interests in mind.

We're an Experienced McKinney Family Law Firm

Depending upon your specific needs, resolving your family law issue may or may not involve going to court. We focus on achieving amicable resolutions whenever possible, but our family lawyers are also experienced litigators who do not hesitate to use judicial procedures when necessary. Whether you need help seeking an emergency protective order, are seeking legal representation at a hearing for a permanent restraining order, or need to go to court to secure your rights in a separation or divorce, our attorneys can gather the evidence needed to effectively represent your interests at trial.

Regardless of your situation, and even if you are not clear about your legal needs, we encourage you to give us a call. We provide free initial consultations, and our lawyers will be happy to meet with you personally to help you make informed decisions about matters such as:

As with all legal matters, when facing a family-related legal issue, taking prompt action is often the best way to avoid unnecessary stress and maximize your ability to achieve an amicable resolution. When you contact one of our McKinney family law attorneys, we will arrange for you to sit down with one of our family lawyers as soon as possible.

Texas Family Law 101 

If you are like most people, you know a lot about family, but probably not a lot about the law. As a result, when you have a family law situation come up, you may find it difficult to navigate the issues on your own. Just following the unfamiliar terminology can be a challenge on its own.

At Nordhaus Walpole PLLC, our family law firm understands that when you seek out a family attorney, you are looking for someone who can use their knowledge and experience to help you do something you can’t do yourself. In this article, we provide an introduction to some basic family law terms so that you can feel more comfortable when asking a McKinney family law attorney for help.

Divorce, Annulment and Separation

These are three concepts that are closely related, but have very different meanings. In Texas, there are two ways to end a marriage – divorce and annulment. In a divorce, the marriage gets dissolved. This means that the marriage remains legally recognized for as long as it was in effect, but once the divorce is final, the former spouses are no longer legally married. This is contrasted with an annulment, which voids the marriage entirely. When spouses get an annulment, from a legal perspective, they were never married at all.

Texas law does not recognize separation as a way to formally end a marriage. However, married spouses can still separate, and they can enter into an agreement to manage their family and finances while living apart.

Conservatorship and Visitation

If you are familiar with the concept of child custody, then you understand the concept of conservatorship. In Texas, conservatorship is the legal term for child custody. There are two types of conservatorship (managing and possessory), which give unmarried and divorced parents varying legal rights. Visitation refers to a parent’s legal right to spend time with his or her children.


During your divorce, you and your spouse will either agree to terms for conservatorship and child support, or else a judge will decide the terms for you. While the terms you set may work initially, they may become unworkable over time. When this happens, you have the option to file a petition for modification of your current arrangement. Click to see some examples of when parents can file a petition for modification.

Guardianship and Incapacitation

Guardianship refers to a situation where one person has legal authority to manage the affairs and make decisions on behalf of another person who is physically or mentally incapacitated. Incapacitation is a legal concept that describes a person who is unable to make informed decisions, provide for himself or herself, or manage his or her own affairs. Becoming a legal guardian requires court appointment, and guardians can have varying degrees of authority and responsibility.

About the Family Law Attorneys Nordhaus & Nordhaus, PC

With offices in McKinney, our firm represents individuals in family law matters throughout North Texas. We focus on achieving real-world solutions, and we do so with a careful understanding of each client’s unique personal and family circumstances. With years of experience helping clients navigate challenging family law matters and achieving favorable outcomes in complex and high-net-worth divorces, we understand what matters most, and we are passionate about ensuring that we offer each client the best path forward.

Our McKinney family lawyers have been named as Texas Rising Stars and members of the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers. Attorney J. Ryan Nordhaus is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization – Family Law, and he is also a qualified mediator pursuant to rules promulgated by the Texas Family Code. We have been named among the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys two years in a row, and we consistently strive to provide the best possible legal representation and client service in every case we handle.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Our McKinney Family Lawyers

If you have questions or need help and would like to speak with an attorney, we encourage you to get in touch. To get started with a free and confidential consultation, please call (214) 726-1450 or request to speak with a family lawyer online today.

Hear What Our Clients Have To Say

"Myself and my husband recently relocated to Texas and had to make a new will. We consulted with April Nordhaus regarding wills, probates and creating a revocable trust. April made a very difficult subject easy and straight forward. With April's help we successfully created a will and a revocable trust. April was really thorough in talking us through it. She explained everything in an easy to understand language with warmth and personality yet still maintaining a high standard of professionalism. We highly recommend April Nordhaus."
Sandra Cason