DIVORCE & FAMILY LAW

FOR WOMEN

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ADULT ADOPTION AND REGULAR ADOPTION?

How is regular adoption different from an adult adoption? In general, an adult adoption is simpler than the adoption of a child or minor (a/k/a “regular adoption”). With a child adoption, the law puts in place certain safety measures to protect the child. The process of adopting a child can be drawn out and more…

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WHY WOULD I WANT AN ADULT ADOPTION?

Top 3 Reasons for an Adult Adoption Formalize step-parent or other non-parent relationship In our practice, the majority of our clients seeking an adult adoption are honoring the people who raised them.  They want to establish the legal relationship for emotional and spiritual reasons.  For example, many children of blended families want to recognize the step-parent…

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WHAT ARE THE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF AN ADULT ADOPTION?

What is the effect of an adult adoption? Texas Family Code section 162.507 sets out the legal consequences of an adult adoption: (a)  The adopted adult is the son or daughter of the adoptive parents for all purposes. (b)  The adopted adult is entitled to inherit from and through the adopted adult’s adoptive parents as though…

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4 TOOLS TO HELP YOU ORGANIZE YOUR FINANCES

Organizing your financial affairs? When going through divorce, it’s important to have an understanding of your financial picture. Here are some (online) tools that can help.   Mint.com – Free, for basic subscription. Mint automatically pulls all your financial information into one place, so you can finally get the entire picture. It can help with…

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NICHE DOESN’T MEAN SMALL, IT MEANS FOCUSED.

Since we’ve announced our new niche, helping Chief Domestic Officers negotiate their divorce exit strategy, we’ve had people ask,”Do you still practice family law?”  The answer is, “YES!” With Chief Domestic Officer Divorce, we are introducing a niche within our family law practice that is focused on CDO’s struggling with divorce.  But we still accept other family law…

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WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?

What makes us unique?  Unlike many law firms, we have a two part approach to divorce: education and support. First, we believe that educating clients is the key to their success.  From the beginning, we educate our clients about the law, the process, and their options, providing them a clear roadmap for their journey.  An…

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ARE YOU A BULLDOG DIVORCE LAWYER?

Are you a bulldog?  My response is that we are strong advocates for our clients. When clients ask for a bulldog divorce lawyer, they should understand what that means.  Aggressive divorce lawyers are often masters at creating more conflict than they resolve.  Litigation is big business, and some attorneys thrive on conflict.  There are lots…

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5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING TO KEEP THE HOUSE IN A DIVORCE

In a divorce, one of the first requests I get from a CDO is, “I want to be sure I get the house.  What can we do to make that happen?”  (Want to know what a CDO is?  Click here.)  The home is often one of the largest assets in a divorce, and knowing what to…

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WHAT IS A CHIEF DOMESTIC OFFICER (C.D.O.)?

What is a Chief Domestic Officer, or C.D.O.? It is the partner or spouse who has made the decision to stay home and manage the household.  Oftentimes, that includes raising children. Starting a family and running a household are like creating and managing a business.  The birth of a child brings new costs, splits resources,…

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PRENUPS: DISCUSSING DIVORCE WHEN PLANNING A MARRIAGE.

We insure our homes, our vehicles, our health, and even our lives, so why not our marriages? Fortunately, the catastrophes we insure ourselves against don’t often occur, but aren’t we thankful we were insured when something terrible happens? Part of being smart and responsible is protecting against the “what if’s” in life. Premarital agreements (prenups)…

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Testimonials

I was happy to have Alexandra represent me in the fastest divorce ever! She listened to me and what I wanted and we worked well together.

I had a lot of fears going in. It feels as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you question how you will handle being alone, raising kids on your own, being able to afford your current lifestyle. While stressful Alex and I drafted the original agreement and I was able to base it off of the things that I wanted, which helped ease my fears.

The first year after my divorce was hard, there is so much to deal with. However now I feel relief, we are doing good, handled all the ‘firsts’ and I feel confident about the years to come. Friends, family and faith helped me get through. My kids are doing great as well; Alex helped us to able to stay in our home, school and church and I was able to be around more which was important as they needed stability and are very well adjusted.

For many years, I’ve referred friends and potential clients to Alex. Then, a few years ago, I needed help with my own divorce. Alex was professional, smart, practical, responsive, and incredibly supportive without being even a little bit patronizing. That’s exactly what I needed as a client. I’m a litigator, but I know nothing about the family courts or divorce proceedings. Alex patiently responded to my questions and explained the process, providing the clear advice I needed.

A.H., Financial Manager & Mother

I chose Alex because I liked her style as an attorney. She was ready to fight for me while still being reasonable and objective.

I had many fears going into my divorce, especially with regards to my young daughter, such as what would happen with custody, and would I lose time with her to my husband. But I trusted Alex, and my only regret is that I didn’t take more of her advice. I wanted to avoid court costs and was dealing with guilt, emotional stress, and abusive behavior from my bullying husband. I just wanted it to be over. Thankfully, I did listen to her with regards to a very comprehensive final divorce decree. Everything is in writing, and I refer back to it often when dealing with my ex, which gives me peace of mind.

Now, almost 2 years after my divorce, I am a million times better. I still have fears, but I am in a much better place to deal with them. And I find comfort in knowing that I can still reach out to Alex and her team when I have questions and concerns. I gladly recommend Alex and her firm to family and friends.

A.H., Financial Manager & Mother

Alex represented me in my divorce, and I wouldn’t be where I am now without her!

The first time I met Alex she gave me a good impression by giving me a roadmap the divorce process. As someone who is very detail oriented knowing what to expect is very important. She was personable, listened to me and I liked the idea of having a female attorney. Alex and her staff are very approachable and always returned my calls, unlike other attorneys I have worked with.

One of my biggest motivators during the divorce process was to be a good example for my daughter. Even though I had financial fears and felt like my world was falling apart; I was her biggest role model, and I had to show her that I could move on with my life without regret and that I didn’t need a man by my side to have dignity and to be respected. My daughter, at 25 years old now, recently finished her Master’s degree in neuroscience, and yesterday she paid off all her student loan debt. Needless to say I am proud, and she is doing great as well.

I am still financially recovering but that will be corrected in a couple years. I am happy to say that life is normal again now, I am ok with being myself. I am happy answering to myself alone and my friends and family tell me that I look happy. I hope that someday I can return the favor that so many gave me by helping others that are also going through a divorce.

B.A., working mom

Regarding his team’s mortgage specialist, John Snell:

I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the work John did for me over the past year. He was great throughout the entire process and I could not have asked for a better recommendation to help me thru this part of the divorce. He was a valuable asset to my team and I really appreciate his efforts. He was always prepared and my closing literally took 30 minutes. All the numbers he told me were spot on and there were absolutely no surprises at all. He made sure that [my ex] will be taken care of as well in getting her money timely, etc. You have picked excellent recommendations and I wanted to let you know I appreciate the people you associate with that are professional and do outstanding work. I certainly will make sure you and your recommendations are passed on to anyone who may be in need of their services.

Regarding our attorney, Allison Aryal:

I wanted to let you know that I really appreciate the job Allison did. She was extremely professional and organized. She had everything prepared and made the entire visit to the court seamless and stress free. Allison has been great following up with me and making sure I was taken care of properly. I service clients in my job and I understand what good service is and I appreciate it when I get that in return. I simply wanted to make you aware and make sure you recognize her.

When initially beginning my divorce, I opted for an aggressive firm with a high price tag. $10k later my divorce was not complete. I was in a bad place mentally and financially. On a friend’s recommendation, I contacted Ms. Geczi. From the first time I spoke with her I was put at ease. The best way I can describe her is a “professional with a heart.” She worked with me financially to complete the divorce in an efficient and in the least stressful manner I felt possible. I would never wish divorce upon anyone, but if it were to happen to any one of my loved ones, I would highly recommend Ms. Geczi’s keen expertise.

A.G. – IT Professional

Although my divorce was a difficult time in my life, your help and steady advice made the process evolve smoothly and without further stress. My ex and I have a positive relationship today and we work together closely with our two kids – you played a part in helping us start along that path.

Alex was an incredible support during and after my divorce. She provided me the support to deal with the most difficult decision of my life. Alex has also continued to be an incredible resource for me to understand and make the complicated legal requirements of a divorce that involves children SIMPLE. She is a professional powerhouse and emotionally intelligent when dealing with difficult people. She was the only positive and dependable part of my divorce. Alex was the best decision I made in my divorce.

A.B. – Director of Key Accounts

GOT RESULTS FOR US

We were at our wits end with a CPS case. When we first met Alex, she was professional, knowledgeable and extremely realistic. She gave us instant peace. She went above and beyond to get results. She even did the work of others to make sure she got results for us. She kept us informed of everything going on as soon as it happened and told us what she was going to do. We were able to walk into the courtroom with our heads held high and with the confidence, knowing our attorney could handle anything that was thrown at her. She has been the best attorney I have ever ran into. She was with us every step of the way. If you want an attorney with results and passion, she is the one. If in the future if we ever need counsel, Alex will be the first call I make.

S.H. – Stay-at-home mom

I recently worked with Alexandra on a significant revision to an existing Marital Agreement. To accommodate my busy travel schedule, we collaborated extensively via E-mail and phone calls that kept the process moving forward while minimizing the need for visits to her office. I was extremely pleased with the outcome, as well as the personal service and reasonable cost.

N.C. – Senior Business Leader

Mrs. Geczi was professional, courteous and concerned. I felt in good hands from the start to the end of my divorce case. She advised me very professionally, and I received great value for the money. I would absolutely recommend her service.

J.H. – Manager of Financial Operations

I was referred to Alexandra by a friend who had used her services and spoke well of her. I found Alexandra and her team friendly and knowledgeable, and the best group anyone in a legal bind could hope to work with.

J.N., Bank Administrator