Interim Executive Director
Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
500 E. San Antonio
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 834-8200
Fax (915) 834-8299
Management Action Plan
Do I need an
- In any court case, a person has the option of being
represented by an attorney or representing themselves
there are many do-it-yourself divorce kits available at
a seemingly low cost. However, if you do not have the
advice of an attorney you may not understand all of the
implications of your court order in regards to child
support, child custody, visitation and property rights.
Research shows that parents that have to go back to
court after their divorce often do so because they have
an unenforceable court order and/or did not
understand their court order correctly. An attorney can
make sure that your court order is enforceable, that it
meets all of the requirements of the Texas Family Code,
that your rights are protected and that you understand
what your rights and responsibilities are.
- Do I need an attorney for my family law
- Whenever important things are at stake, such as child
support, custody, debts, or property rights, you may
need an attorney. Family Law is extremely complicated
and no "do it yourself packet" can give you the guidance
you would receive from attorney.
- I tried to find an attorney, but they all
wanted too much money. What can I do?
- Both the El Paso Bar Association and the FLIC maintain
a roster of attorneys who handle family law cases. Call
around Attorneys' fees can vary widely, from attorney to
attorney. Where one attorney may insist on several
thousand dollars up front, another attorney may be
willing to give you advice about your case for a few
- But my case seems very simple and I think
I can do it myself.
- There are many hidden dangers laying in wait for the
unaware. Because you are not an attorney, you may not
even recognize the possible negative consequences of a
bad court order. For example, in am agreed divorce
involving children, people often put in the divorce
decree that any visitation by the non-custodial parent
will be by the agreement of the two parents. Under Texas
law this provision may be unenforceable. Texas law
requires orders for child support and visitation to
be extremely specific in order to be enforceable.
- Can I hire an attorney, just to give me
- Many attorneys will give you a consultation without
requiring that you hire them to actually represent you.
Some attorneys will even review paperwork that you have
prepared yourself. When you call an attorney's office,
ask if this is a possibility.
- How can I find an attorney?
- For help in finding a lawyer, you may contact:
- Family Law Information Center, 915-834-8200 ext.
4049, Open weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., FLIC is
located within the Domestic Relations Office at the El
Paso County Courthouse, Room LL-108. FLIC maintains a
roster of attorneys willing to provide discounted
consultations in family law cases.
- El Paso Bar Association, Nancy Gallegos,
(915)532-7052, Open weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
the El Paso Bar Association is located in the El Paso
County Courthouse, Room LL-112. The El Paso Bar
Association referral program offers a 30 minute
consultation for $20
- State Bar Association provides a lawyer referral
service through their website at www.texasbar.com or
at their toll free number 1-877-9TEXBAR
(1-877-983-9227). Hours of operation are Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- If you do choose to handle your case yourself or even
if you would just like more information about Family Law
issues, the Family Law Information Center offers classes
on topics such as child support, child custody, and
visitation. For more information on these classes you
may contact us at: 915-834-8200 ext. 4049.