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Family law encompasses a wide array of legal issues that touch upon the most intimate aspects of our lives. Our experienced Family lawyers in Austin, Texas specialize in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, pre-litigation strategy, and so much more. From navigating the complexities of divorce to ensuring the best interests of children in child custody matters, family law plays a pivotal role in shaping the futures of individuals and their loved ones. Our Austin TX family law attorneys are experienced in all areas of family law in Texas and are dedicated to crafting a unique strategy for every client. With a deep commitment to providing compassionate guidance and robust legal representation, we strive to make a positive impact during challenging times.


Divorce is a life-altering event that can be emotionally charged and legally complex. In Austin, Texas, it’s essential to understand how the divorce area of law process works and the available options. When contemplating divorce, individuals typically have two primary choices: mediation and litigation. Mediation allows couples to work together, often with the assistance of a neutral third party, to reach agreements on issues such as property division, spousal support, and child custody. This approach can be less adversarial, expensive, and time-consuming compared to litigation. On the other hand, litigation involves resolving disputes in court, where a judge makes decisions on issues that the couple cannot agree upon. While litigation can be emotionally draining and costly, it can be necessary in certain situations. Including but not limited to cases involving victims of domestic violence.


Child Custody

Cases involving child custody disputes can be among the most emotionally charged aspects of family law. While Texas judges will often consider a variety of factors that influence custody decisions and visitation rights, their top priority is always to ensure the well-being of children involved in divorce or separation cases is protected. Understanding child custody laws in Texas is crucial in order to reach an agreement that everyone can feel confident in. Our Austin child custody attorneys are experienced at crafting a solid strategy to get the best outcome possible from your custody case all while maintaining the best interests of the child.


Child Support

Ensuring that children receive the financial support they need is paramount in any divorce or separation. In Texas, child support is determined based on statutory guidelines that take into account factors such as each parent’s income, the number of children involved, and specific expenses related to childcare. Understanding these calculations is essential for both custodial and non-custodial parents to ensure that children’s needs are met. Additionally, it’s important to note that child support can be modified if a substantial change of circumstance has occurred. An experienced Austin family law attorney can help you modify your child support agreement if needed.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are becoming more and more common. They can serve as legal contracts that outline how assets, debts, and spousal support will be handled in the event of divorce or separation. In Texas, these agreements are recognized, but they must meet certain legal requirements to be enforceable. A Texas family law attorney can help ensure your prenuptial or postnuptial agreement is legally binding and you are protected.

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Pre-Litigation Strategy

Before initiating legal proceedings in family law cases, it’s crucial to develop a comprehensive pre-litigation strategy. This strategy involves thorough planning and negotiation to achieve favorable outcomes outside the courtroom. Whether you are considering divorce, child custody, or any other family law matter, a well-thought-out strategy can pave the way for a smoother resolution.



In addition to the essential aspects of family law, it’s important to understand that circumstances can change after initial legal agreements are made, necessitating a post-decree modification. Texas law allows for modifications to various family law arrangements, such as child custody, child support, and spousal maintenance. Life events, job changes, or shifts in financial situations may necessitate adjustments to existing agreements. Our Austin family law attorneys are well-versed in the intricacies of modification processes in Texas. Whether you need to adapt a child custody arrangement to accommodate a new schedule or seek changes in child support due to changing financial circumstances, we are here to guide you through the modification process, ensuring that your legal agreements continue to serve the best interests of you and your family.

Hiring the Right Austin Family Law Attorney

Selecting the right family law attorney in Texas is a decision that can profoundly impact the outcome of your case. When dealing with sensitive family matters, having experienced and compassionate legal representation with many years of experience is essential.

At Deyerle Silva Smith, PLLC, we understand the intricacies of family law in Austin, Texas, and are committed to advocating for your best interests. Our team of dedicated attorneys has a proven track record of success in divorce, child custody, and child support cases. We prioritize open communication, personalized solutions, and efficient resolution of your legal issues. When you choose Deyerle Silva Smith, PLLC, you are not just hiring lawyers; you are gaining a trusted partner who will stand by your side throughout the legal process. We will work tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family. If you’re facing a family law case in Texas, contact us today to see how we can help you get through your case and achieve a favorable outcome.

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"Candice, Ashley, and Laurie are highly professional, strategic, thorough, and above all intelligent. They helped me stay organized (which is no small feat), gracefully pivoted in the face of challenges, and provided emotional clarity in times of distress, even when those challenges and distressful situations were due to missteps by me. In my case, Candice routinely exhibited prescience regarding which matters deserved focus and which matters were distractions, which saved time, and money. Ashley expertly delivered to the court clear, concise, and highly effective summaries of complex topics. More than once, Candice and Ashley noticed and brought to light critical details that easily would have been missed and that had a huge impact. I couldn't say enough about how much this team helped me through my ordeal."
Greg Banister
"Lianna inspired confidence from my first contact with her. Her calming demeanor and good information convinced me to let her handle my divorce, and I believe that was a good decision to this day. She handled my divorce very professionally and respectfully and with favorable results. I can easily recommend Team Lianna for divorce matters."
Neil Sembower
"Incredibly experienced - Produces great results Kody was the best decision I made when choosing legal representation. His experience was invaluable in helping me understand the ramifications of each option and choices available during my divorce proceedings. The professional nature of Kody and his team was evident by their responsiveness and execution. Preparation meant everything as we headed into mediation and I felt supported and empowered by his informed and organized approach. He was sensitive and honest about the cost/benefit of each complex element of our assets/liabilities which led to a successful agreement and avoided costly litigation. Divorce is a major life event that has a long lasting impact on everyone involved. His guidance during this difficult time has made the experience positive for me and has laid a strong framework for my future and my children's future as I move forward."
"Divorce sucks. The issues keep coming years later. No other way to phrase it. My experience with the firm was top notch. I retained the firm for a mediation in an effort to have more visitation with my two young boys. My attorney (Lianna Smith) took my concerns and helped build a plan around what wanted. During all the times of frustration, Lianna would constantly talk me off the ledge and remind me to play the long game. Her paralegal (Laurie Theriot) was always available to answer a question or look up something. Laurie is a jewel!"
Richard Lazo
"Ultimately what needed to get done was done. But throughout the several months I used their service, I had to prompt them to do things. I also caught numerous errors that I feel like they should have caught prior to sending me something to approve. Fortunately I have had experience reviewing legal documents, though I’m definitely not an attorney. When I would send Laurie, the paralegal assigned to me, an email she was very responsive, so that was a good experience. I never had trouble getting ahold of them, I just usually had to prompt the communication and I did not think it was appropriate that I had to point out as many errors in legal documents as I did. If you are not prone to reading everything, proceed with caution."
Michael Bullock
"Knowledgeable, Realistic, Compassionate, & Gets Results When first meeting with Mr. Silva, he asked me, ideally, what I would like to get out of the divorce process and to prioritize them. He walked me thru how the legal process would work and then laid out a strategy to try to reach objectives we had set and agreed upon. Mr. Silva was very knowledgeable of the law and of the Williamson County court system. Mr. Silva and his team were always very responsive whenever I had a question or concern regarding my case. Mr. Silva valued my time and concerns. When is was all said and done, the strategy that Mr. Silva had laid out, worked, and we were able to achieve our top three priorities in the case. I would definitely retain him again in the future if the need ever arose."
"I needed an understanding divorce lawyer to help me complete complicated and detailed divorce. One that had been winding through the process in Washington DC and needed to start over and be re-executed in Texas. Laurie Theriot and her paralegal Candace Deyerle were amazing to work with and so helpful on the detail work. Thanks to the whole thing in helping set me free. I could not recommend them enough."
Victoria G.
"I went through a difficult divorce recently that required experience with LGBTQ issues. Picking Kody for my legal counsel was the best choice I could have made. I knew from the first meeting with Kody that he was completely invested in my case and would give it the attention it would require. He proved to be an exceptional lawyer. He was fair-minded, professional, and realistic at all times, even when my ex-wife’s lawyer was trying to make it extremely difficult to stay civil. He knew when to be firm and unwavering with the opposing counsel, which ultimately resulted in an agreement without having to go to court. Kody and his paralegal, Priscilla, are an excellent team. They were friendly and responsive at all times. The billing of my case was handled in a very prudent and efficient manner. I wouldn't hesitate to hire Kody again in the future."
"Outstanding Job Lianna listen to me and was compassion to my situation. She worked with me and guided me as to what I would be expecting during the whole divorce. She outline detail by detail the steps that were going to be taken. She was always there to answer my concerns and questions. During the mediation she fought all the way to make sure that I got my fair share. Her attention to detail was awesome. I couldn't had asked for a better lawyer than her. I had met with other lawyers before her and they didn't acknowledge the pain I was going through. However, when I met with her she listen and was so understanding toward my pain that I immediately knew she will fight for me."

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