Your Family Law Attorneys in Dallas - CrossMcShane

By Your Side When You and Your Family Need Help

Choose a Dallas firm that specializes in family law.

Why? Because you want the best for you and your family. You want a Dallas lawyer committed to family law, not just a generalist who will take your case. When you work with CrossMcShane, you’ll benefit from our years of dedication to family law, and the assurance that the full power of the law will be used for the good of you and your family.

What exactly is family law?

Put simply, family law covers any case that relates to families. Legal family law issues include:

Divorce – Though divorce may be the most common reason people seek a family lawyer, it’s not easy to separate a family. Our Dallas divorce lawyers will help you make sound decisions about property division, child custody, and support. We’ll be by your side, offering the experience and expertise you need, and the compassion you deserve.

Child custody – Sometimes child custody issues need to be readdressed after divorce, for example if a parent moves out of state or gets a job working weekends. Whether during divorce proceedings or afterward, our Dallas family lawyers will work to ensure the best outcome for you and your children.  

Child support – You and your children deserve to be properly supported. We can help make that happen, even in the most difficult cases.

Spousal support (alimony) – Money is always an emotionally charged issue, especially during a break-up. CrossMcShane’s Dallas divorce lawyers will help ensure a fair outcome.

Modification of orders – Alimony, child custody, and support orders can become outdated or unworkable when circumstances change. We can work through complicated legal issues to find the best solution.

Asset division In Texas, any property acquired during a marriage (with a few exceptions) is community property; that is, equally owned by both spouses. We can help you find an equitable way to divide assets.

Marital agreements – It can be better to prevent problems than to try to solve them later, which is one reason premarital agreements have gained in popularity. You can also make post-nuptial agreements, and we can assist you with either.

Cohabitation agreements – Increasingly couples are choosing to live committed, but unmarried, lives with one another. What does this mean for those couples when the relationship ends, whether by mutual choice or even death of one of the persons? If you are in such a relationship, CrossMcShane’s Dallas family lawyers can explain, secure, or enforce your legal rights.

Adoptions – Welcoming a new child into your family is such a joyful occasion—and a complicated legal process. We’ll help you secure the legal rights you need and celebrate your new family with you. 

Enforcement actions – Unfortunately, people don’t always abide by legal decisions. Our Dallas family law attorneys will work to see that any non-compliant parties hold up their end of the legal agreement.

Paternity – Whether you’re a mother looking for support, a father looking for a relationship with your child, or a parent who needs to ensure their child is safe and secure, we can take you through the process to determine paternity.

Grandparents’ rights – Whether by choice or by necessity, grandparents increasingly find themselves raising or seeking to raise their grandchildren in their homes. We can assist you in knowing and securing your rights.

Not married? You may have a common law family.

Under Texas law, couples (including same-sex couples) who meet the legal requirements for marriage (at least 18 years old, not already married, and not related to each other) are considered to be in a common law marriage if:

  • They have agreed to be married (intend to have an immediate and permanent marital relationship).
  • They have agreed to live together as spouses.
  • They have represented themselves as a married couple to others.


Being in a common law family affords you the same legal rights as a formal marriage, but in order to take advantage of those rights—including divorce, child custody, and child support—you must prove that you and your spouse are in a common
law marriage. That’s where we come in. Our Dallas firm specializes in family law for all types of families, including yours.

Why work with CrossMcShane?

We’re dedicated to family law. That’s all we do. We understand the nuances of Texas family law, stay abreast of all changes, and recognize the best ways to help our clients.

We’re experienced. Our attorneys have been practicing family law in Texas for decades. Our experience is to your advantage.

We’re respected. Our attorneys have received honors and distinctions from:

  • Texas Super Lawyers (2003-2021)
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • USA Today
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • The Fort Worth Star Telegram
  • The Texas Bar Journal
  • The American Bar Association Journal


And others

We want the best for your family.