Divorce Lawyer


When you need an understanding and experienced divorce lawyer in Tyler, TX, the Griffith Law Office is here to help. We are committed to providing strong legal support and determined advocacy for individuals who are facing divorce and other family law problems.

We serve clients in Tyler, TX,Longview, TX, Canton, TX, Athens, TX, Smith County and the surrounding communities.

Our goal is to help our clients through all aspects of their divorce case, from mediation to litigation. Rachael Griffith is a family attorney in Tyler, TX who will work tirelessly to help you achieve a satisfactory resolution to all of your legal issues quickly.

By choosing Rachael Griffith to represent you as your Tyler Divorce Lawyer, you can rest assured that we will ensure your legal interests are protected. We will negotiate carefully with your spouse’s attorney so that you receive every benefit you deserve under Texas law.

The Divorce Process in Smith County

1. File a Petition for Divorce

Every divorce in Texas begins by filing a petition with the district clerk. This filing opens your case, and your divorce is designated at random to one of the Smith County family courts. Family Law Attorney Rachael Griffith has trial experience with all three family courts in Tyler and can help you navigate your case and understand what to expect.

2. Temporary Orders

In Smith County, there’s a standing temporary order that applies to all cases. Temporary orders tell both parties what they can and can’t do while the divorce is pending. In addition to the standing Temporary Restraining Order, you may need additional temporary orders to give clear orders on who will remain and home and who will move out, designate who will keep the children and when, and settle other similar potential disputes until the divorce is final.

3. Discovery

After filing the petition, we’ll start gathering information for the discovery process. Discovery is a formal exchange of the collection of pertinent information for the case. We’ll create a list of questions for the opposing party, draw up an inventory list of marital assets for dividing the property, and gather relevant documentation such as tax returns and financial statements from both sides.

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4. Mediation

In Smith County, divorce cases are court-ordered to go to mediation before the case can go to trial. Mediation is where we handle:

  • The division of property
  • Child custody issues
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • And other issues that must be settled before the divorce is finalized.

In the case of an uncontested divorce, the mediation process is very simple and straightforward. However, this situation is very rare. Most often, from the initial divorce, both spouses need quality legal representation to communicate and act as a middleman.

During mediation, your divorce attorney will negotiate with your spouse's divorce lawyer. The goal is to come to an agreement that avoids a complicated divorce trial--all of which then becomes publicly-available information.

If an agreement can be reached outside the courtroom, the process is much easier and faster. If no agreement can be reached, the case may have to go to trial where the judge will make the final decision.

5. Trial

Going to divorce court, especially in Tyler, Texas, usually makes the divorce process much longer and emotionally challenging. While this is never ideal, Rachael Griffith has the trial experience you want on your side. She will fight for you and achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

The Smith County divorce process is similar in nearby East Texas counties, such as Gregg County, Henderson County, and Van Zandt County. Contact us to learn more about how divorce works in your jurisdiction.

How Can Rachael Griffith Help Your Case?

As your trusted Family Lawyer, Rachael Griffith is skilled at negotiating with other attorneys and has an in-depth understanding of how to utilize Texas Laws to protect your rights. She will organize your case in a way that can stand up in court.

Most importantly, Rachael listens to the needs of her clients. Many spouses and parents who have not felt heard in a relationship tell us that they feel validated and appreciated when working with Rachael.

The Griffith Law Firm is committed to walking through this challenging season with you. We will take the weight of uncertainty and frustration that comes with divorce off your shoulders and help you find closure through this traumatic time. We want you to know you are not alone. We can help you navigate your way through your divorce case and help you reach a favorable outcome in child custody, child support, dividing your property, and moving forward.

Schedule A Consultation

When you are going through a divorce, it’s critical that you receive every legal advantage available to you. For speak with a divorce attorney in Tyler, TX, contact the Griffith Law Office today to schedule an initial consultation regarding your case.

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