San Antonio Family Lawyer

What to Expect When Hiring Our San Antonio Family Lawyer

Family law encompasses quite a few aspects of regular life, including marrying, having a child, divorcing, and adopting. With the diversity in the structure of families in today’s world, some family law cases can become quite complex.

The team of San Antonio family law attorneys at Amsberry Law Firm understands the challenges of family law cases. We know that many of these kinds of cases can lead to significant worry for family members. Our team works tirelessly to try to alleviate your concerns and give you the best possible outcome.

Trust Our Team to Work Tirelessly for You

Situations that lead to the need for a family law attorney can be frightening. Perhaps you have never had to deal with this type of situation previously in your life. It can be an unsettling process to allow strangers to hear about your family issues.

Count on our team to put you at ease. We will explain everything fully to give you the knowledge you need. Call our family law lawyer in San Antonio at (210) 354-2244 today for a case review. We will be ready to begin tackling your case as soon as you hire us. We help clients throughout the San Antonio area, including the surrounding counties.

Our Areas of Family Law Expertise

The Amsberry Law Firm has been in practice for over 25 years. Trust our team to use our years of expertise to your benefit. We focus on family law, as well as on employment law and estate planning and probate needs. We go the distance for our clients, always working to try to achieve results that even our clients may not have thought possible.

Hiring our family lawyer can help you navigate many types of legal situations related to family law in which we have expertise, including the following.


Even when you and your spouse are in agreement about most legal aspects of the divorce, hiring our team will help you follow all of the state’s rules regarding divorce. On the flip side, when items such as child custody, visitation, child support, division of assets and debts, and alimony are in dispute, our team is ready to help with negotiations. We also can help with issues unique to divorce for military members stateside or during deployment.

Child custody and visitation

Each family’s needs for custody and visitation rights are unique, and we tailor our representation to fit those needs. We will use the facts in the case to argue for the most favorable and stable situation for the children.


We understand the emotion involved in a paternity case. We give our clients the support they need to seek custody and visitation, regardless of whether the parents are unmarried, divorced, or separated.

Child support

Financial support for the children in a separation or divorce is important to meet their needs. But the financial support arrangement must meet your needs, too. We will fight to make sure our clients receive the most fair treatment possible.

Alimony and spousal support

If you stopped working to care for the children prior to the divorce, the proper spousal support arrangement can help you financially. This gives you time to work toward gaining skills to rejoin the workforce. We will argue for the alimony payment you deserve.

Property division

Property division after a divorce can be a complex process, depending upon when you and your spouse acquired the property. Our family law attorney in San Antonio is ready to help you navigate these complexities, working toward the best possible outcome.

Domestic violence

When your spouse engaged in violence against you or the children, the divorce hearings must consider this type of abuse. On the flip side, we will vehemently defend the rights of our client who was the target of false allegations of abuse. We will work tirelessly to achieve a solution that protects you and your children.


Our family law lawyers in San Antonio provides advice and legal help on all types of adoption proceedings, including those involving private adoptions, agency adoptions, stepparent adoptions, and adoptions by relatives.

Post-divorce modification and enforcement

Your life and that of your spouse may undergo significant changes after the initial divorce settlement agreement. These life changes may necessitate a change to the settlement. If so, our team is ready to help you take the necessary steps to seek a new, fair settlement.

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

No one wants to think about divorce at the time of an engagement or wedding. However, a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can protect everyone involved, including children, in case a divorce does happen.

Grandparent rights

A divorce and determination of child custody and visitation is difficult on everyone in the family, including grandparents. Unfortunately, grandparents do not have many rights regarding the kids after a divorce. However, in some cases, a judge may determine that the children are safer with the grandparents. Alternatively, if your child passes or has rights terminated, you can still have standing to seeking court ordered periods of visitation and possession. We can help you with this type of case.

Why Do Clients Pick Amsberry Law Firm for Family Law Representation?

Our past clients know how hard our San Antonio family law lawyer worked on their behalf. Russell Amsberry is well-known for his honesty and sincerity, treating all clients with the professionalism and compassion they deserve.

The desire to serve our clients to the best of our ability carries through to the entire staff. We have several attorneys on our team who have board certification in family law.

Learn more about how we tailor our service and approach to a case by calling us for a consultation at (210) 354-2244 today.

Let Our Family Lawyers Help You Minimize Instability

When a family undergoes an event that requires hiring our family law lawyers, instability for the family likely is also occurring, unfortunately. Adults who need to file a family law case often will see that life is upended for both them and their children.

This is extremely hard on everyone in the family, but it is especially difficult for children. As a parent, even though you understand that a divorce is necessary, you hate to see your children lose a stable home-life through the process.

Our team knows how frustrating it can be to work through a family law case. We will provide you with compassionate service, keeping the well-being of the children in mind. We want to help you achieve the best possible outcome in the shortest amount of time, so you can return to a sense of normalcy.

Let Us Use Our Knowledge of Texas Family Law to Your Benefit

One of the ways we can work a case faster is through our extensive knowledge of Texas’ statutes related to the Collaborative Family Law Act. We use our expertise to help cases move through district or county courts, where some counties hold their family dockets, as efficiently as possible.

We know how important it is to the stability of a family to have answers to your questions as quickly as possible. Every step we take aims to propel the case toward an efficient resolution.

We Will Fight Hard Toward a Successful Outcome

Rest assured that we will not sacrifice the outcome in the case just to settle it faster. We always balance the desire for a fast resolution with the need to help you receive the best possible outcome for you and your children.

We keep our clients up to date on all aspects of the case every step of the way. When questions arise, we are here to provide answers and advice. When you have the information you need to make informed choices, the case moves along faster, too.

Does Texas allow separations legally?

No, Texas does not have family law statutes that deal with legal separations. The only legal definition Texas law allows is divorce. After physically separating, if you need to obtain some rulings for the children and for dealing with your spouse, Texas does allow for temporary orders that handle the situation until the divorce finalizes. However, if you are a member of the armed forces, you will be required to pay an allotment to your spouse while you are separated and your divorce is pending.

Who pays legal fees in family law cases?

The majority of the time, the parties involved in the case will all pay their own legal fees. Even in a divorce, it is rare for the court to order one spouse to pay the legal fees for the other spouse. Exceptions to this are in the area of enforcements actions, where the Texas Family Code clearly states that a court upon finding a party is in contempt must award reasonable attorney’s fees. Further, it is not unusual to see where the earning capacities between parties is great that where there are children involved may award interim attorney’s fees to the party who is able to establish a need for representation and inability to do so.

How does a court decide on alimony?

In the case of a divorce, the court may award one spouse an alimony payment from the other spouse; this is also called “spousal support.” This is separate from child support, which should help with the expenses of being the primary caregiver for the children. Alimony helps one spouse with living expenses if he or she has health problems or relies financially on the other spouse. We can help you argue for a fair amount to be awarded alimony or conversely avoid having to pay any spousal support, as the facts may support.

What is joint custody?

When the court attempts to assign custody of children after a divorce, it will try to award joint custody. This means both parents have a right to provide input on major decisions about the children’s lives. It does not, however, mean the children will spend the same amount of time with both parents. In some instances, by agreement or through court order, an equal possession order can be entered. In these instances, the court will typically calculate what each party’s child support obligation would be and based on the difference, order the parent making more to pay that difference.

Do I need an attorney for adoption?

Some adoption processes are straightforward, while others have quite a few complexities – which can include instances of not having any good contact for the biological father, opposition to a termination, or other factors which make entry of an adoption more difficult. Courts routinely require an adoption social study and background check as part of any adoption evaluation, prior to granting an adoption. These are experts and resources we can pull together on your behalf, which are not readily available as a pro se. When you have concerns about your legal rights as part of the adoption, hiring our team of family law attorneys is a good idea. You do not want legal problems to arise later in a case like this.

Call the Amsberry Law Firm for a Family Law Attorney Consultation

At the Amsberry Law Firm, we understand just how challenging family law cases can be. Throughout our nearly three decades in practice, we have built a reputation for never shying away from the toughest cases. We always keep the needs of you and your children at the forefront when we take on your case.

For a review of your case, please contact our family law attorney in San Antonio at (210) 354-2244 as soon as possible. As soon as you choose to hire us, we will begin gathering the facts in your case. Whether you live in San Antonio or in the surrounding counties, we can help you.

Our past clients will attest to our commitment to always putting in the time and effort required to deliver the best possible results.

Client Testimonial

“I spent weeks looking for a family law lawyer and read many reviews on here. I chose Russel to handle a family situation as he not only answered the phone on the first call but listened to our situation and was very sincere, understanding and knowledgeable. He gave us a quote and explained the situation so we were ready to make a decision after the call. His retaining fee was fair and his staff was extremely helpful and professional. After the call I decided he was the family lawyer for me and he started working on our case immediately. In our court zoom call he was extremely professional, succinct, and had the judges respect. That was impressive and we are on our way to a quick resolution to our situation. I highly recommend him and his firm!!!” – Wayne Richart (Google Review)

Attorney Russell Amsberry

Attorney Russell J.G. Amsberry

Attorney Russell J.G. Amsberry founded the Amsberry Law Firm in 1995 with the goal of providing clients with exceptional, focused representation on their issues. His success as a legal advocate has been reflected in the numerous professional honors he has received, such as speaking engagements and inclusion in Scene in SA magazine’s listing of the best lawyers in San Antonio, a Distinguished rating from Martindale-Hubble, and an amazing rating from Avvo. [ Attorney Bio ]