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Family law deals with our most intimate relationships. Husband and wife. Mother and Father. Father and Child. Mother and Child. Siblings. Grandparents. Grandchildren. When these relationships break down we leave it up to a pile of laws and a stranger in a black robe to take something broken and try to make sense of it to create something stable for the future. The decisions made in family court can affect the rest of your life. Family law a strange, imperfect and often ugly and painful way to figure out incredibly important issues like who the kids will live with, the kind of relationship parents can have with their children and how to divide marital property. It’s important that you have an advocate on your side in dealing with this imperfect family judicial system who will stand up for your rights and guide you through this process. Adam Kielich is a family law attorney and divorce attorney ready to protect your rights.

My approach to practicing family law is to treat each case individually and manage each client’s resources efficiently. I know your situation is different from my other clients’ situations. We need to tailor our objectives and apply the law to your specific needs rather than treat your case with a cookie-cutter approach. If we can be reasonable and respectful in accomplishing your goals then that is what we will do. If we need to be more aggressive to protect your rights then that is what we will do. It is never my goal to create conflict for the purposes of running up a bill but sometimes that conflict is unavoidable to protect your rights.

When hiring a family law attorney you should ask yourself whether this is somebody you would be willing to work with possibly for years to come.

I offer clients a wide range of family law services from divorce to custody issues to property division to child support and everything in between. I believe this is essential to providing clients any family law services because once a divorce or custody problem has occurred it is highly likely that there will be future legal issues with the family relationships. It does not mean every legal issue needs to go to court but it may require an attorney’s help to advise or negotiate to smooth out a problem. When hiring a family law attorney you should ask yourself whether this is somebody you would be willing to work with possibly for years to come. The more complicated your problem is today the more likely it is that you will face problems in the future. Bouncing from one attorney to another is usually not something people prefer if they can help it. Continue reading to learn more about the family law services I offer in the Dallas and Fort Worth area.


Divorce is undoubtedly a huge part of the workload in family law and I represent clients in divorces in Tarrant County, Dallas County and surrounding counties. My clients range in financial assets, family size, custody needs, property types and desires. Some clients have complicated divorces while others have extremely simple divorces. These divorces are all different and have to be treated differently. I look at my clients’ needs to shape a strategy to approach their divorce rather than fit every client into a complex and expensive divorce strategy. However, most divorces can be loosely categorized into two types: uncontested divorces and contested divorces.

Uncontested Divorces

Uncontested divorces are divorces in which the parties have agreed to all the major terms of the divorce, particularly dealing with children and property. Spouses who have this kind of agreed divorce generally do not need an attorney to make the divorce more complicated but to convert the agreement into legal documents and help them through the legal process to get divorced. I help clients in uncontested divorces with these needs. I help clients on a flat fee basis so clients pay one amount for my services rather than an hourly rate or a monthly bill.

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Contested Divorces

Beyond the small number of truly uncontested divorces lies all other divorces. These divorces may be lumped together as contested divorces merely as a description of divorces that are not already completely agreed. These divorces range from divorces where an agreement is almost complete to divorces in which the spouses are bitterly opposed on every issue. It’s unfair to think of this wide range of divorces as similar in any way. These are divorces that require careful examination of the issues and needs of both parties to figure out how to produce a workable divorce solution. Sometimes these divorces can be resolved by thoughtful negotiation while others are so conflicted that there is no choice but to take the divorce to a trial. Treating one like the other is usually just a good way to waste time and resources without accomplishing anything useful for you. This is why I believe it is so important to treat each divorce as a unique situation and plan out a unique strategy. Learn more about how I help clients in divorces.

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Divorce is often only the beginning of the judicial system’s involvement in the family relationships between members of the family. After the divorce there is often property to be divided and additional court orders or court filings may be necessary to finalize the property division in the divorce. If children are involved in the divorce then the divorced spouses will continue a co-parenting relationship over the children that is governed by the conservatorship orders within the divorce decree. The conservatorship orders instruct the parents on possession schedules, parental rights and required child support. These orders may be modified or enforced through the courts in the future in whole or in part as necessary for the children. These modifications and enforcement actions may continue for years to come.

Divorces are not the only ways the family law system becomes involved in a family relationship. Courts order conservatorship and child support for children who were not born in a marriage but the parents require court orders to govern the co-parenting relationship anyway. These types of orders in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship (SAPCR) will include the same types of orders involving the children as a divorce decree but without dividing any property of the parents or dissolving a marriage.

Other Family Law Legal Services

Child Support Enforcement

An ongoing problem in Texas is unpaid child support. The Texas Family Code provides strong enforcement options for unpaid child support. The recipients of the expected child support payments can use these options to recover unpaid child support as well as interest on unpaid support, attorney’s fees and other remedies to help ensure child support is paid in the future. I help clients with these enforcement proceedings to get the support they deserve.

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Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO)

QDROs are a special type of order used to divide many types of retirement plans as part of the property division in a divorce or to obtain payment of child support or spousal support ordered by a court. QDROs are complicated and the wrong language can cause a lot of problems. I have a decade of experience working in the employee benefits industry and have dealt with hundreds of QDROs. I draft QDROs on a flat fee basis. I also assist clients with litigating QDRO issues and defending against improperly drafted QDROs.

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Sometimes the custody arrangement you have doesn’t work and you and the other parent cannot agree to a new workable arrangement. In these cases it is necessary to ask the court to modify the custody order to order a new possession schedule or set of rights. I help clients work through these modifications to either reach a new agreement or go to court and ask the judge to do what is right for the children involved. I also help clients modify child support orders when the current ordered support is too low or too high for the obligor’s income or the children have additional support needs that are not covered by the current order.

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Collaborative Law

A somewhat new approach to divorce is collaborative law in which both spouses agree to follow a specific negotiation process rather than going to court to fight over issues or asking the court to intervene over minor issues along the way. It is a good option when the spouses can set aside the emotional aspects of the divorce and negotiate but want professional assistance to evaluate the property and custody rights to ensure the agreement is fair.

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Custody and Possession Disputes

Conflicts over custody and possession issues are common in divorces and suits involving child support. These includes issues involving conservatorship, possession and visitation schedules, parental rights, grandparent access and related parent-child and co-parenting issues. These conflicts are often emotional and difficult to deal with for many reasons. These conflicts are resolved either by agreement between the parties or through the broad discretion of the judge so it is important that you work with an attorney who is capable at negotiating and knows the local judges.

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Child Support Obligations

Child support will be ordered almost every time a court issues an order involving custodial rights. Child support is often a source of conflict between parents in a divorce or other suit involving custodial rights. Getting on the wrong side of a child support order can be financially dangerous whether it is because you receive too little child support for what you could receive under the Texas Family Code or because you are paying far more than what your income supports. Having an attorney on your side in a child support case can make a difference.

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Mediation is typically required in most family law proceedings before you can appear in court for a trial or other contested hearing. Mediation is often desired as a better way to resolve the issues in a divorce or custody suit. You know more about your situation that the judge ever will which puts you in a better position to find a resolution that works for everybody involved. However, it is easy for mediation to result in a poor outcome when one or both parties do not understand their rights, the value of assets and debts involved in a divorce and the future likelihood of problems. This is where having an attorney on your side can add value to your mediation.

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Property Divisions in Divorce

In a divorce the two main issues the parties will fight over are custody and property division. Property division is about more than who gets the kitchen appliances or the power tools. There are important financial issues that need to be considered such as liability for debts of the parties, how to fairly divide major assets like your house and cars, how retirement benefits and other financial assets should be divided, the tax liabilities involved with those assets and so forth. It is incredibly easy to agree to a property division that seems fair at the time and a few years down the road blows up in your face. Even a middle class marriage with a house, a couple cars and a little money in the bank can be divided into a financial disaster. A divorce attorney with expertise with property and financial assets can go a long way towards preventing a financial problem down the road.

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