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Chowins Law Firm 
1011 Surrey Lane 
Bldg 200
Flower Mound, TX 75022
Tel: (469) 630-2550

  

Family Law: Divorce, Marriage, Children, Elderly

  • Divorce, Separations & Annulments
  • Divorce Settlement Agreements
  • QDRO orders
  • Guardianships of Minors, Elderly & Incapacitated Persons
  • Paternity
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Adoptions
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements 
  • Child Welfare Cases 
  • Grandparent Rights
  • Name Changes 

Guardianship & Probate Administration

  • Probate of Estates and Administration
  • Will Contests
  • Guardianship of Minors and Incapacitated Persons
  • Guardianship Alternatives
  • Guardianship Litigation
  • Small Estate Administration
  • Intestate Succession
  • Independent Administration
  • Muniment of Title Proceedings
  • Court Supervised Administration
  • Estate Tax Returns
  • Claims Against Estate

Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

  • Estate & Gift Tax Avoidance
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Wealth Preservation
  • Health Care Directives
  • Medical Powers of Attorney
  • Simple and Complex Wills
  • Trust Planning
  • Effective Use of Insurance
  • Planning for Incapacity
  • Charitable Giving & Legacy Planning

 

About Chowins Law Firm, PLLC

Our Law Practice

Chowins Law Firm, PLLC is a family law firm serving the Dallas - Fort Worth, Texas area, primarily in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties in Texas. In addition to family law, practice includes other family-related practice areas such as guardianships, elder law, probate, and estate planning.

Our Mission

Dedication

Our highest priority is achieving the best possible result for our clients and their families. Every person is unique, thus every client, every family, and every family law case is unique. Some cases require a diplomatic, even collaborative, approach to achieve the results the client wants for his or her family. Other cases require aggressive hard-nosed negotiation and even litigation of the case in court. Most cases fall somewhere in between. We examine all solutions to determine which is the best approach to your case and offer creative solutions when appropriate. In some cases where emotions run high, the best approach is for the lawyer to advise the client to change their approach, their behavior, or their expectations. Some lawyers hesitate to do this as it may lead to the client finding a new lawyer. Yet, those that fail to so advise when needed do a disservice to the client. We would rather lose a client than fail them by telling them only what they want to hear.

Compassion

Apart from adoptions and name changes, most family law matters are not matters people enjoy going through. In divorce cases especially, we can never know exactly how a particular client feels apart from what they share with us, but we recognize many family law clients feel a multitude of emotions from anger, relief, guilt, worry and other way too long to list and some of which are even seemingly in conflict with each other. This is normal. Divorce is often one of the most emotionally trying experience one can go through, even for the person pursuing the divorce.

Remember, whether you want the divorce or not, there is life after divorce. You aren't the first and won't be the last person to go through a divorce. Many who have gone before say, for them, it was the best decision for them and their children. Hopefully, that will be the case for you, but we will be there to help you navigate the process, counsel you wisely on legal matters, offer options and alternatives when appropriate to get you the best result we can and you begin a new chapter in life.

Responsiveness

In surveys, one of top frustrations people report with lawyers when their lawyer avoids them client. While we understand how that can happen, it is unacceptable in this office and feel that responsiveness to our clients is especially paramount in family law matters. Legal issues in your family life are emotional, stressful, and draining on everyone. We won't add to that by ignoring your calls and email.

How? First, while we cannot guarantee your attorney will be available when you call, all client calls and emails are almost always returned the same day but no later than one business day. Furthermore, if the client indicates in their message that an emergency has come up and need immediate help, the attorney will call you back immediately upon receiving your message no matter what time it is or what day of the week, or if it is a holiday.

Second, clients are sent blind courtesy copies by email on all correspondence and documents related to their case. This simple yet often overlooked client communication method often answers any questions the client may have otherwise had.

Third, because disputed matters often require lulls in case activity (waiting for responses to discovery, waiting on a hearing date etc.), we may or may not be actively working on your case on any given day or even any given week. Regardless of activity, clients receive regular email updates about their case which include the status of their case plus any reminders such as deadlines and hearing dates. This practice makes it very unlikely that case ever slips through the cracks of a busy law office.

Meet the Owner

David W. Chowins

David Chowins

David Chowins is a family law and divorce attorney with over twenty years experience in practice. He established his own law practice in the Fall of 2000 after several years practicing with two of the nation's top law firms.    

"Don't try to be the best lawyer in Texas.  Instead, try to be the best lawyer each day, in each case, for each client.  That way your performance can be measured, learned from, and improved upon.  Trying to be the best lawyer period is simply an aspirational goal that can never be achieved and will do nothing to help one become a better attorney."

David Chowins

David focuses on divorce and family law which includes estate planning, guardianship law, and probate law.  These areas often include litigation of various types including, divorce and child custody cases, probate challenges, guardianship litigiation, among other types of cases.

David also serves as both Attorney Ad Litem and Guardian ad Litem where he is tasked by the court to represent parties that have a stake in the litigation but are not present or to advise the court as to the best interest of those who can not advocate for themselves such as minors, incapacitated persons and others who may not be in a position to advocate for their own best interests.   

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Featured Article

  • Grounds for Divorce In Texas

    When a petition for divorce is filed, the divorce attorney representing the spouse seeking a divorce must allege one or more of the seven grounds set forth in the Texas Family Code.  These include three no-fault grounds of Insupportibility, Living Apart and Confinement to Mental Hospital.  Grounds based on fault can be alleged for Cruelty, Adultery, Conviction of a Felony, and Abandonment.  

    No Fault Grounds for Divorce in Texas

    Historically, parties would need to allege and prove proper grounds to divorce their spouse. Otherwise, the divorce would not be granted.  While that is techniqually still true that proper grounds need to be established, Texas, like other states, has recognized the problems with forcing people to stay married when one or both of them simply no longer wishes to be married to the other.   

    As a result, Texas has embraced three no fault grounds for divorce: Insupportibility, Living Apart and Confinement to Mental Hospital.   The latter two no-fault grounds recognize that cohabitation is an essential part of a marriage relationship and three years without cohabitation indicates that the parties are not living as husband and wife.  As such, these grounds may be used to justify dissolving the marriage if sought by either party.  Neither ground implies fault of either party and either could be used on its own to support a petition for divorce provided they could be established with evidence.

    Insupportability, on the other hand, can be alleged as a ground for virtually any marriage with the testimony of the spouse seeking the divorce.   A divorce attorney would simply allege that "the marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of the marital relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation."  In theory, the divorce attorney representing a spouse opposing the divorce may allege and try to prove that a reasonable expectation of reconciliation exists.  However, when one of the spouses testifies that there is no chance for reconciliation, it would be near impossible to overcome that testimony since reconciliation requires consent of both parties.  Furthermore, courts have ruled that the legislature intended for the courts to grant a divorce when either party alledges insupportability as a ground for divorce. Because of this, insupportability is almost always alleged as one of the grounds for divorce. 

    Fault Grounds for Divorce in Texas

    Texas also recognizes four additional grounds for divorce based on faulth of the other party--Cruelty, Adultery, Felony Conviction, and Abandonment.  Each of these grounds assert that actions or

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