Practicing Family Law in Travis and Williamson Counties
The Law Office of Cicily Simms
707 West 10th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Office Hours 9-5 Monday - Friday
Call - 512-477-6462
Cicily Simms, an attorney that will listen to your concerns, discuss solutions and act on your decisions using her experience and expertise in family law.
We provide counseling in Family Law Issues whether it is Pre Divorce, Active Divorce, another Family Law Matter or Post-Divorce Matters. Most people need information and guidance when considering the possibility of divorce or another Family Law Matter. Whether a client wants to initiate a separation and divorce or another Family Law Matter, or believes that the other spouse or parent intends to do so, it is important to gather information and make plans to transition to a new way of living.
Our office offers an initial consultation for a reduced fee of $150.00. In that consultation we can tell clients what to expect. We outline the documents clients need to search for, and the records clients need to keep. We identify potential problems, legal and personal issues, and strategies for dealing with those problems and issues. We help clients formulate a concrete plan for their future, whether it is separation, divorce, child custody, child support, possession/visitation, budgeting, or asset and liability division.
Our office takes pride in the individual attention and counseling we provide to our clients who are going through a divorce. We understand that although we have been helping clients with divorce for over 30 years, most of our clients are going through the divorce process for the first time. Our office works with each client to successfully plan for the various stages of the divorce, from pre divorce planning, and initial separation to final property division, and custody and support resolution. We help our clients plan their budgets, separate their household, gather information necessary to understand the property and debt to be divided. We work with our clients and their personal and financial counselors to make the best possible plans for children and for child support. We do our best to keep communications open with the opposing lawyer and to generate options for resolving conflicts. We have a good track record of resolving cases in mediation or before mediation.
If conflicts cannot be solved out of Court, we have the experience and skill to try a divorce case efficiently and effectively.
We help our client budget and formulate a child support plan that meets the needs of the children and fits the financial circumstances of the family. Cicily Simms served on the 1984 Texas Senate Blue Ribbon panel that recommended child support guidelines to the Texas legislature. Child support cases involve organizing and analyzing detailed facts and testimony into a short and efficient presentation to the Court or in mediation. Our office is experienced in the effective representation on the child support issues.
Whether in a Divorce, Suit Affecting the Parent-Child-Relationship (SAPCR), Paternity or Modification suit, child custody disputes are the most difficult and emotionally wrenching conflicts that clients face. We believe that clients should only fight in Court about children, if no other option will keep the children healthy and safe. Attorney experience and good judgment are particularly important in child custody litigation. Our experience allows us to tell our clients how a Court is likely to analyze their dispute. We are good at generating options to resolve child custody and visitation disputes out of Court.
If custody litigation is necessary to protect the children, we know how to investigate and prepare a case to effectively demonstrate to a Court how our child custody plan is best for the children.
Child custody litigation is expensive because it takes a great deal of attorney and paralegal time. To properly investigate and prepare a case for trial, we interview witnesses, work with children's mental health counselors, and help our clients make positive plans for their children. We work with our clients and their counselors to be sure that our clients are acting in the children's best interest as the case proceeds.
People change. Circumstances change. Children's needs change as they grow older. Our office knows how to investigate and develop the evidence and testimony to demonstrate how circumstances have changed since the last Court order. We are good at presenting new workable plans to modify child custody, possession periods, visitation and child support orders.
Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship is also known as a SAPCR. When the relationship between parents that were not married ends, or never began, our office works to help design a workable plan for paternity, conservatorship, possession periods, child support and other orders in the best interest of the child.
When the relationship between parents that were not married ends, or never began, our office works to help design a workable plan for paternity, conservatorship, possession periods, child support and other orders in the best interest of the child.
In a divorce or in a proceeding for Spousal Maintenance (also known as Spousal Support or Alimony) the court may order maintenance for a spouse that is eligible under Chapter 8 Maintenance provisions set out in the Texas Family Code. We can help our client determine if they are eligible for spousal maintenance and work towards securing an award of periodic payments from the future income of the other spouse for the support or defend against the spousal maintenance if the other spouse does not meet the criteria mandated in the Maintenance provisions set out in the Texas Family Code.
We help our clients find the best way to enforce existing court orders, or to modify or clarify orders if they have become unworkable. We understand that Court Orders may sometimes be confusing and result in a parent violating the Court Order. We help our client’s to understand the previous orders and represent them in enforcement matters to help clarify and sometimes modify the Orders to prevent future violations.
In a proceeding for possession of or access to a grandchild, if the grandparent meets the criteria set out in the Texas Family Code, it is possible that the Court may order reasonable possession or access to a grandchild by a grandparent. Our office participates in continuing education throughout the year to stay updated on Court cases that might affect the rights of the grandparents. We can help the grandparent determine if the criteria is met. Our experience allows us to tell our clients how a Court is likely to analyze the situation. We are good at generating options to resolve child custody and visitation disputes out of Court, or if necessary, in Court.