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A Creative & Flexible Approach to Family Law

A lot of legal matters can be hard to deal with and painful. It can be difficult even under “good” circumstances. You need guidance that can be customized to the needs of your family – not a “one-size-fits-all” solution.

Inflexible approaches often make complicated situations worse. You won’t find that at this family law firm.

We know that we have to be creative and flexible to meet the wide-ranging needs of our clients. We have to have more than one approach to get results. Let us help you come up with a new plan for your life.

Why do people choose Divorce Lawyer Cristi Trusler?

A divorce attorney with proven expertise is important for those seeking . Choosing a divorce lawyer may be the most helpful step for a smooth and simple separation. Cristi Trusler is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is also Board Certified in Child Welfare Law. A good Austin divorce lawyer helps minimize the financial costs associated with divorce for his clients, and provides compassionate legal advice for each divorce.

Types of Divorce and Family Law Cases We Handle

Our divorce lawyer specializes in handling a variety of family law matters and divorce cases. Various types of divorce have different requirements. These are just a few examples of the various family law services our law firm provides:

Contested Divorce

This is an Austin TX divorce where the parties cannot agree on some or all of the terms, and the divorce must be decided by a judge. In a contested divorce, the parties will need to attend hearings and answer discovery questions from each other. Contested divorce is a complicated process that can be hard on everyone involved. It's not uncommon for people to feel like they're at the mercy of an impersonal system, where their rights are trumped by legal jargon and procedural rules. But you don't have to go through this difficult time alone. Our family law attorneys know how to navigate contested divorce cases with sensitivity, compassion, and expertise. We'll take care of every aspect of your case so you can focus on what matters most: your life after divorce.

Uncontested Divorce

This is a divorce where the parties have agreed on all of the terms, and the divorce can be finalized without a court hearing. Uncontested divorce is the best solution for couples who want to get divorced but don’t have any disagreements about property, child custody, or anything else. Uncontested means that you and your spouse can agree on all of the terms of your divorce before filing in court.

Agreed Divorce

These are divorce cases where the parties have agreed on all of the terms, and they are just waiting for a judge to finalize. Agreed divorces are similar to uncontested divorce in that they are relatively easy because both spouses agree that they want out of the marriage.

Default Divorce

This is a type of uncontested divorce in which one party has failed to respond to the other party's filing, so the court declares that party to be in default, and grants the divorce.

No Fault Divorce

Texas has made it possible for couples to file for TX divorce without assigning blame or fault to one spouse or another. States require certain terms in divorce cases like this. including minimum time periods married, mutual agreement on ending the marriage, and other criteria which vary by state law If you live outside Texas but wish to file for divorce in Texas, speak to your lawyer about how your state of residence's no-fault divorce requirements affect when and if you can file for a no-fault divorce in the state of Texas.

Child Custody & Child Support

When parents cannot agree on child custody and support, the court will usually order a parent to pay child support to the other parent to help cover the costs of raising the child. The amount of child support ordered is based on a number of factors, including each parent's income and the number of children being supported.

Prenuptial Agreement

If you are considering marriage, it might be a good idea to have a prenuptial agreement in place. This is an agreement between both spouses that outlines what would happen if they were to get divorced. It can help to avoid future disagreements about property division, spousal support, and other issues.

Collaborative Divorce

Sometimes parties want to try and reach a divorce settlement without going to court. In collaborative divorce, parties sign contracts to try and resolve their divorce with professional help. They can be very helpful when there is a high level of trust between the divorcing spouses. Couples whose divorce proceedings have been collaborative generally report that they have been able to preserve valuable family relationships.

Child Abuse or Child Neglect

If you believe that your child or any child has been physically harmed by another person, contact the authorities immediately. If you suspect neglect or abuse at home, check with your local court for how to report it. Also call an experienced family law attorney who can provide guidance on this difficult matter.

Premarital Agreements

A premarital agreement, commonly called a "prenup," is an agreement made by individuals before they get married. While it is not required that you have one to protect yourself if you divorce, it can be very helpful for certain individuals. An experienced family law attorney can help make sure your interests are protected.

Custody Litigation

If you are unable to reach an agreement about child custody, the court can help. The judge will look at many factors in deciding who gets custody of the children. If one parent is unfit or otherwise unable to provide for the children, that parent may not be awarded custody even if it is their right under the law.

Child Abuse or Child Neglect

If you believe that your child or any child has been physically harmed by another person, contact the authorities immediately. If you suspect neglect or abuse at home, check with your local court in Austin TX, Travis County, Williamson County or Hays County for how to report it. Also call an experienced family law attorney who can provide guidance on this difficult matter.

Alimony or Spousal Support

Alimony, also known as "spousal support," is a payment from one spouse to the other to help cover living expenses. The amount of spousal support ordered is based on a number of factors, including each spouse's income and the length of the marriage.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative divorce is when two people work together to come up with terms for their divorce. For example, in collaborative law the divorcing spouses will sign contracts agreeing to try and resolve their TX divorce without going through court. It can be a good option for couples who have a high level of trust between them or are looking for preserve valuable family relationships during an already difficult time because it avoids the stress of litigation. The process may take longer than other methods because there are many stages involved, but one advantage is that both parties must agree on all terms before anything becomes final.

Military Divorce

Military divorces are different from civilian divorces in a few key ways. If you are a member of the military and are considering divorce, it is important to speak with a divorce lawyer who understands the laws that apply to a military family law case. Some special considerations that may be relevant to your case include deployments, moving, and child custody.

Business Owner Divorce

If you are the owner of a closely-held business, there are some unique considerations that come into play in your divorce. For example, you may need to think about how the business will be valued and who will have ownership of it after the TX divorce is final. You also need to think about what will happen with any company assets and liabilities.

High Net Worth Divorce

If you and your spouse are facing a high asset divorce, it’s likely to be more complex than a typical divorce. You will likely need the help of an Austin TX divorce lawyer who has the experience handle divorce cases involving high net worth. Not all law firms have this Some things you may need to consider include asset division, spousal support, and child custody arrangements.

Complex Divorce Cases

In some cases, the divorce may be so complicated that it requires the help of an Austin TX family law attorney who specializes in complex divorce cases. Not all law offices have experience This could involve a large number of assets, high levels of debt, or disputes over child custody or support. If your divorce is headed in this direction, it’s important to get legal help as soon.

Professional Divorce

When a couple gets divorced, it can have a major impact on their professional lives. If you are a doctor, lawyer, or other professional in Austin TX, you will want to make sure that your divorce agreement takes into account your unique career.

Property Division

In a Austin TX divorce case, the court will divide the property of the divorcing couple in a way that it believes is just and right. This can be a complicated process, and it is important to have an attorney who understands Texas family law to help you protect your interests. Some factors that the court may consider include each spouse's income and contributions to the marital estate, as well as the length of the marriage.

Parenting Time or Visitation

If you are divorced or considering divorce, you may be wondering about your parenting time rights. Parenting time, also known as "visitation," refers to the amount of time each parent spends with their child. The court will order a parenting plan that it believes is in the best interest of the child.

Common Law Marriage

Some people believe that they are married without having had a marriage ceremony if they have lived together for a certain period of time. It's not quite that simple in Texas. If you want to know whether or not your relationship can be considered a common law marriage, an experienced Austin TX divorce attorney can help - it's important not to assume anything until you consult with someone at our law firm!

Grandparent Rights

If you are concerned about visitation rights with your grandchildren, it may help to speak with someone who has experience handling family law cases. The court will consider what is in the best interest of the children involved when deciding how much visitation each grandparent should receive.

Father's Rights

Texas is a " presumption state " when it comes to child custody. This means that the court will presume that it is in the best interest of the child to have equal time with both parents, unless there is evidence to suggest otherwise. If you are a father who is seeking custody of your child, it is important to speak with an experienced divorce lawyer in Austin TX.

Temporary Orders

If you and your spouse are arguing over who should have possession of certain items of property, the court may issue a temporary order during the divorce. This is meant to preserve the status quo until there can be a hearing where both sides present their arguments. Most divorce lawyers are accustomed to handling temporary orders during divorce proceedings.

Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO)

Temporary restraining orders (TROs) usually come up in divorce cases involving domestic violence or other criminal activity. A TRO is an order that tells one party to stop doing something or else risk legal penalties. If you are the victim of domestic violence, it is important to speak with an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible about your options.

Post-Divorce Modification

In some cases, it is necessary to seek a post-divorce modification after a court has already ruled on child custody, child support payments, spousal supportalimony , andor property division . For example, if your life circumstances have drastically changed since the original ruling was made, you may want to consider the impact this will have on your current situation. If you believe that you need to seek a post-divorce modification, it is important to work with an Austin TX divorce lawyer who has experience in this area.

Restraining Orders

If you are in a situation where you feel unsafe or threatened, it is important to take action and speak with an attorney. A restraining order is a legal tool that can help protect you from the other person involved. It is important to remember that a restraining order is not a permanent solution - you should look for a law firm with divorce lawyers that have specialized expertise.

Protective Orders

Protective orders are similar to restraining orders, but they are for victims of family violence who do not have a current relationship with the perpetrator. A protective order can help protect you from someone you used to be in a relationship with, or from a family member. If you feel unsafe and need protection, it is important to speak with divorce lawyers that can help you.

Child Custody Modifications

In some cases, a parent may feel that the custody agreement they have with their child's other parent does not work as well as it should. In those cases, they may be able to ask for a custody modification. But this is only possible under specific circumstances and if you are going through this process yourself, it is important to speak with an experienced divorce lawyer first.


One way to avoid a lengthy and expensive divorce process is to try mediation. In mediation, both parties meet with a neutral third party who helps them come to an agreement. This can be a good option for couples who are able to communicate effectively and are looking for a quicker, less adversarial solution.

Mediated Divorce

If you and your spouse decide to mediate your divorce, it is called a mediated divorce. A mediated divorce can be less expensive and time-consuming than a traditional divorce.

Collaborative Divorce

Another option for couples looking to avoid litigation is collaborative divorce. In this process, both parties sign contracts agreeing to try and resolve their divorce without going through court. It can be a good option for couples who have a high level of trust between them or are looking for preserve valuable family relationships during an already difficult time because it avoids the stress of litigation. The process may take longer than other methods because there are

Same Sex Divorce

If you and your spouse are in a same-sex marriage and decide to divorce, it is important to consult with an experienced divorce attorney. The court will consider how the couple's marital property should be divided as well as parenting time issues. It's also important to keep in mind that certain rights, such as spousal benefits, may not apply if you were married in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages or whose laws prohibit such unions.


Adoptions are the happiest kind of family law matter we deal with at our law office. If you are considering adoption, it's important to speak with a family law attorney who can advise you of your rights and responsibilities. It's also important to understand what might happen if your attempt at adoption fails so that you can plan in advance for this possibility.

Step-Parent Adoption

If you have a child with your spouse and want to formalize your parental relationship, you may want to consider a step-parent adoption. When one spouse adopts the other's biological child, this officially makes that parent the legal parent of their partner's child without changing any custody or visitation rights.

Termination of Parental Rights

In certain cases, a parent may voluntarily terminate their parental rights. This can happen when one or both parents cannot continue to take care of the child or if they wish for somebody else to adopt them. But it's important to understand what this means before committing yourself, as it will prevent you from ever being able to have parental rights over your child again. You should seek legal counsel before making decisions about this type of family law issue.

Family Violence

If you are a victim of family violence, it is important to seek help. You can contact the police or an organization like Safe Place for assistance. If you are seeking an Austin TX divorce and have concerns about family violence, it's important to speak with a family law attorney who can help you protect yourself and your children.

Child Custody

When parents divorce, one of the most difficult decisions they have to make is what happens to their children. Child custody is what determines who the child will live with and how often the other parent will be able to see them. If you are facing a custody battle during the divorce process, it's important to speak with a TX divorce lawyer who can

Paternity Testing

A paternity test can help determine who is responsible for a child. If you are not sure whether or not somebody is the father of your child, it's important to speak with an experienced divorce attorney about establishing paternity so that you can gather evidence in order to prove what you believe to be true.

Child Support Modifications

If you are currently receiving child support, but need help supporting your children due to a change in circumstances, it may be possible to seek a child support modification. Whether or not this is an option will depend on what led to the change in circumstances and there are several factors that must be considered before

It is important to note that you cannot ask for a child support modification without filing the proper paperwork in court first. If you don't know how the process works or would like more information about how it affects your situation, contact our Texas family law attorneys today.

Paternity Issues

If paternity issues come up during divorce proceedings, it may be possible to use genetic testing to determine whether or not the man in question is the father. If paternity is established, it will be more difficult to terminate the man's parental rights. If the paternity is not established, it may be possible to terminate his rights without a DNA test.


A guardianship is an arrangement where one person (the guardian) is given the right to make major decisions on behalf of another person (the ward). The court will make this determination based on whether or not somebody has the ability to make decisions on their own behalf. Guardianships are common in cases where a minor child needs someone to take care of them or an adult is unable to take care of themselves.

Cohabitation Agreements

In Austin TX, it is possible to have a written agreement between two unmarried people who live together. This can be helpful if you want your partner to financially support you after the relationship ends and they don't feel that alimony or a division of property would be appropriate. Our law firm provides these types of legal services.

Estate Planning

One aspect of family law that is often overlooked until it's too late is estate planning. This involves creating a will and/or trust so that your assets can be distributed in the way you want after you die. It's also important to have a basic estate plan in place while you are still alive because this will cover your wishes if you are unable to express them on your own behalf.


One of the main differences between divorce and an annulment is that when your marriage has been annulled, it is as if the marriage never existed. This means you can't seek alimony or child support based on your ex-spouse's income.

Austin TX Family Law

If you need legal services in filing for divorce, child custody, alimony (spousal support), visitation rights, division of property and debts, or any other family law concerns, the Austin divorce lawyers at the law firm can help you with a number of different family law cases. Our team of experienced family law attorneys will work with you to get the best possible outcome for your situation.

Austin Divorce Attorney

The Austin Texas family law and divorce attorney at the Trusler Legal PLLC law office is here to help you with all of your family law matters. We have extensive experience in all areas of Texas family law, including divorce, child custody and support, prenuptial agreements, and more. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our Austin divorce attorney.

While divorce may seem like the end of the world, it doesn’t have to be. With an experienced divorce attorney on your side at every step, you can make sure that your rights are protected and that you get everything that is rightfully yours.

Once you've established an attorney client relationship with Trusler Legal PLLC will work with you to ensure that all of your needs are met in a professional manner. Our law office of Austin divorce lawyers is here for you. Contact us today for more information about how we can help!

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