Divorce

Personalized Divorce Services In Central Texas

At Coldwell | Bowes, L.L.P., we understand that an equitable divorce agreement requires an in-depth understanding of the needs and concerns of the unique personalities involved. We know that successfully negotiating a divorce requires careful attention to detail and a thorough understanding of our clients’ situation and goals.

Our attorneys call on more than 20 combined years of experience with a wide range of divorce cases in courts in Austin and throughout the Central Texas area. We will work hard to make sure you remain in control of your options, while we protect your family’s future.

We Offer Experienced Help In All Aspects Of Marital Dissolution

We are ready to provide experienced legal counsel in every area of your divorce, including:

  • Identifying and separating marital property
  • Dividing businesses or professional practices
  • Establishing parenting time and other issues involving children
  • Litigating prenuptial agreements
  • Distinguishing marital and separate debt
  • Handling issues unique to those with significant assets

We invite you to learn more about our approach to handling unique divorce issues, including:

  • Planning for divorce before you even file for it
  • Handling psychological and psychiatric issues during divorce
  • How substance abuse affects the divorce process
  • Dealing with allegations of domestic violence

Powerful Litigators With In-Depth Knowledge Of The Collaborative Process

We believe that preparing a case to win at trial is the only way to protect your rights when negotiating a settlement. First and foremost, we are proud of our record as effective and successful trial lawyers.
But we also understand the importance of tempering our strategies through a collaborative divorce process, when circumstances allow. Texas family law courts require divorcing parties to seek a resolution through mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Our firm offers experienced mediators and will work hard to contain costs and restrain emotions through a collaborative process.

Visit Our Office In Downtown Austin

We are happy to meet with you in our office in downtown Austin, which is just one block south of the Texas State Capitol. Appointments may be scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Getting Started With A Divorce

Coldwell Bowes is dedicated to the practice of Texas family law in all its forms, including pre-divorce planning. During an initial consultation, our lawyers will discuss many important issues and factors in your situation, including:

  • How your current estate planning and asset protection plan may affect your settlement
  • Changing your will to reflect your new family circumstances
  • Making changes to your retirement planning
  • Establishing a trust for any lump-sum financial settlement you receive
  • Dealing with long-term debt
  • Home residence and vacation property tax consequences
  • Business exit strategies or succession planning

Qualified Help Throughout the Divorce Process

In addition to divorce planning, other services we can assist with include:

  • Custody and children’s issues
  • Division of marital property and debt
  • High-asset, complex property settlements
  • Division of business and professional practice property
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

Find a New Divorce Lawyer

It isn’t unusual for people to seek a new attorney as their divorce process moves along. If you want to see whether a new law firm is the right move for you, schedule a consultation with us to discuss your concerns.


We have built our reputation on providing exceptional client service, beginning with responsive communication and clear expectations. We practice with integrity and work hard to protect your family’s future throughout your case. We will not pursue a strategy that does not consider your children’s best interests as the highest priority.

Divorce Mediation & Arbitration: Cooperative Alternative to Court

We understand the difficulties and emotional strain that come with a court trial make an already overwhelming predicament much harder for all parties involved. 


Our attorneys are specialized in assisting clients with divorce negotiation solutions with their future-former spouse that serve all theirs and their family’s best interest. We will guide and advise you through the entire mediation and arbitration process should you decide to go this route. 

Divorce Mediation

Divorce Mediation is a non-adversarial alternative to a traditional court hearing. In mediation, divorcing parties are allowed to negotiate directly with one another with the help of a third-party mediator. During the mediation process attorneys take on the role of an advisor, guiding their client with advice and direction to take into negotiations with their spouse and mediator. 


The Divorce Mediation process is cooperative in nature. Advising for mediation requires a nuanced approach tailored to specific challenges that differ from an adversarial court trial. With our guidance, we will make sure you walk into every negotiation with confidence and composure. 

Divorce Arbitration 

Divorce Arbitration is another alternative to a traditional court hearing where the parties bring in a specialized third-party mediator known as an “arbitrator” to help reach an agreement through negotiation. They may choose an arbitrator with specific expertise in a field relating to a main pain point of the issue, such as taxes, real estate management, child custody, and more. 


As your attorney we will assist in guiding you through the challenges of the arbitration process, such as selecting an appropriate arbitrator and structuring a position that ensures your family’s best interest are preserved.

Dealing With Family Violence In A Divorce

Whether your marriage has included a history of domestic abuse from the beginning or your pending divorce has resulted in emotional threats and physical violence, you need to turn to an experienced attorney for help.


Our attorneys offer vast experience handling divorces involving domestic abuse, psychological problems, and substance abuse. We will protect your family’s interests and rights throughout your case. We work with many of the leading independent child welfare professionals and social service agencies in Central Texas. We will make sure you and your children are protected with the appropriate temporary orders throughout your case.

If You Have Been Wrongfully Accused, We Can Help

In divorces involving custody and children’s issues, it is a common strategy to claim the other spouse is emotionally or physically abusive. A false accusation of domestic violence can result in a permanent record and affect your future forever. We know how to thoroughly investigate the accusations and prepare the strongest, clearest case to protect your rights.

We Have Your Family’s Best Interests At Heart

We have built our reputation on providing exceptional client service, beginning with responsive communication and clear expectations. We practice with integrity and work hard to protect your family’s future throughout your case. We will not pursue a strategy that does not consider your children’s best interests as the highest priority.

Experience Handling Psychological and Psychiatric Issues During Divorce

We have handled many divorce cases involving mental illness, and we know how to work out solutions that take into account the mental health needs of the parties involved. We work with independent professionals to determine how psychological issues may affect a parent’s child custody rights, in addition to property division and spousal maintenance that may be required for mental health treatment.


Whether arising from past trauma, substance abuse, medical issues or domestic violence, we know psychological and psychiatric issues significantly impact a family’s life before, during and following divorce. Our lawyers will put your family’s mental health needs and safety first when negotiating agreements. At the end of the day, our goal is to put you in a position to do the right thing for yourself and your family.

Why You Can Trust our Services

We have built our reputation on providing exceptional client service. What does that mean? That means we will proactively keep you updated on your case’s progress. We will answer your questions and respond promptly to any further inquiries as the case progresses.


It also means we will not pursue a legal strategy that jeopardizes your safety or that of your children. Throughout the divorce process, your interests and well-being will be our highest priority.

Contact our Law Firm for Compassionate Help

Psychological and psychiatric issues are difficult to overcome even in the best of times. If your divorce involves psychological or psychiatric issues, you have come to the right place. To discuss your concerns in a private, confidential consultation with one of our attorneys, call 512-472-2040 or submit our online contact form. Someone from our office will respond promptly.

Alcohol, Drugs, and Divorce

Our attorneys have extensive experience working with clients in divorce and family law matters involving substance abuse in Travis County, Williamson County and Hays County. These cases require a special understanding of child welfare and how social services play a role in reaching a resolution.

We have years of experience helping people with and those affected by drug and alcohol issues through the divorce and custody process. We work diligently to put you in the best possible position to do the right thing for your family.

Experienced Help for Substance Abuse Issues During Divorce

The presence of substance abuse has the potential to derail divorce and especially custody decisions, but it does not have to. In many cases, divorce is a wake-up call for someone to start the long journey toward sobriety. We are sensitive to this and seek creative solutions that promote holistic healing for the entire family. It might not happen right away, but perhaps we can use this opportunity to chart a path forward.


In other cases, substance abuse may be a persistent problem or pose a real threat to your safety or that of your children. In such situations, we are staunch advocates for you, making your family’s needs and safety our top priority. That often means taking matters to court, where our experienced divorce litigators will work hard to obtain the best possible outcome.

We Will Stand By You

We know how difficult these situations can be, but our law firm isn’t afraid to take them on. We do not shy away from divorce and substance abuse issues and do our utmost to put your family in a better position to move forward. Contact us by calling 512-472-2040 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers today.