Helping Texas Families Navigate Divorce Since 1986

Why Choose The Law Office of Richard Lybarger

As a seasoned family law attorney with over 35 years of experience practicing exclusively family law, I am attorney Richard Lybarger, and I know and understand the intricacies of divorce and family law in the state of Texas. I help clients throughout the Houston metro area to resolve issues related to divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, contested vs. uncontested divorce, annulment, adoptions, paternity, modifications, enforcement, premarital and post-marital agreements, and more.

I Work To Settle Your Divorce Or Other Family Law Matters

I am dedicated to doing whatever is necessary – within the bounds of the law, ethics and professionalism – to achieve your goals and protect your legal rights. My reputation in the legal community among judges and other family lawyers in Texas is that of a seasoned, trusted and well-respected divorce attorney. I maintain my integrity by always being honest and straightforward with my clients. You and your case will receive his individual attention, intelligent planning and thorough preparation you deserve. When it is appropriate, I will recommend mediation or collaborative law to help you resolve your disputes amicably, in order to save you time, money and further emotional distress.

I will evaluate each case to determine those cases that might be best resolved through alternative dispute resolution – including mediation, collaborative law, or, in some instances, arbitration – and will recommend an appropriate dispute resolution method for your unique circumstances.

A Respected Lawyer In Houston Metro Area Courtrooms

I was licensed to practice law in Texas in 1986, and my practice has focused exclusively on divorce and family law since 1994.

Since then, I have established and earned the respect of judges and family lawyers throughout Houston and the surrounding counties. Family lawyers and judges across Texas me for my honest reputation, my penchant for preparation and my keen attention to detail. My experience has also given me invaluable insight and knowledge as to how a judge is likely to rule under a given set of facts, which is beneficial to my clients when planning and setting goals.

Count On Integrity, Honesty And Thorough Preparation

I pride myself on maintaining integrity by being honest with my clients, judges and other attorneys. I believe it is important to personally meet with each client in order to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of my client’s situation, and to be candid about setting goals and objectives.

While other lawyers might try to dazzle prospective clients with empty promises, you can count on me to be completely straightforward about what Texas family law can and can’t do for you. I take care of the relationships my clients have with their family members, and I do not mislead my clients about prospective outcomes.

I believe that intelligent planning and thorough preparation are critical to obtaining the most favorable results for every client. I prepare each case as though it were going to trial, which helps me to achieve my clients’ goals without the time and expense of going to court. I understands how the judges think and how they are likely to rule, which gives me a distinct advantage if the case cannot be settled out of court.

You And Your Case Will Receive Individual Attention

In most family law firms, the lawyer you initially meet with may not be the one actually handling your case. In larger firms, most cases get passed down to junior lawyers or paralegals. When working with these types of law firms, you may discuss personal, intimate and important aspects of your divorce with different people on different days – and often with people who are not familiar with your case at all.

As a sole practitioner, I will handle your case from beginning to end. In order to keep my clients’ costs down, I employ an experienced paralegal to handle routine paperwork at a reduced rate. We have worked together for 25 years, and as an attorney and paralegal, we have systems in place to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.

I will sit down with you and go over all your goals and expectations. I will take the time to personally get to know your case and ask you questions about your divorce so that he can find the best possible solutions for you. I also offer my clients peace of mind because I am accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week in case of emergencies.

I walk all my clients through every step of their case, whether it is a divorce case, a paternity petition or a stepparent adoption. If there is an emergency, you can rest assured that I will be available. You should choose my firm because these are advantages most family law firms just can’t offer.

Offering Collaborative Law And Mediation Alternatives

I believe that many cases can be resolved through alternative dispute resolution – including mediation, collaborative divorce, and, in some instances, arbitration. When appropriate, alternative dispute resolution can save a client a great deal of the time, money and stress associated with going to court.

Alternative dispute resolution, particularly collaborative divorce, affords the client an opportunity to be creative in reaching a settlement that works for their unique situation. Collaborative divorce allows parties and their lawyers to work together in a collaborative, nonadversarial process. It allows a divorcing couple to communicate freely and effectively, exchange information and work together toward a settlement.

When necessary, the parties in a collaborative divorce can agree to bring in additional professionals – including accountants, valuation experts, mental health professionals and others – to help them resolve various aspects of their divorce. With the assistance of skilled and experienced attorneys, the collaborative approach to divorce provides a positive environment to help a couple obtain an amicable and agreeable dissolution of their marriage.

With few exceptions, the court will require mediation before a final trial, and in most instances, the court will require mediation before the parties are able to have a hearing for temporary orders.

I have extensive experience mediating cases and have mediated hundreds of cases over the years. I will explain the process and the options available to you as you prepare to attend mediation.

Whatever approach you decide to take during your divorce, I will give you my full attention while remaining truthful, honest and ethical throughout the entire process.

Why Choose Me?

Divorce and other family law matters are not easy – and most often, they are very emotional and frightening. Choosing the right divorce and family law attorney can be difficult, but it is absolutely crucial to hire a lawyer who is not only well-versed in all areas of family law but also honest and dedicated to your case.

A family lawyer who is well-prepared on all levels, and one who pays attention to every detail, can be the difference between a fair outcome and a disastrous one. There is no substitute for experience and the wisdom that can only come from years of practice.

People residing in Houston and in the surrounding communities are fortunate to have many very fine divorce and family law attorneys available to guide them through the process. Divorce and other family law matters can be very expensive in Texas, but when each party is represented by an experienced family law attorney – and those attorneys are able to work together because they respect and trust each other – it can go a long way toward resolving the case and minimizing the financial and emotional costs.

I have the experience and determination to work tirelessly to get you the outcome you deserve. I find cost-effective solutions to Texas family law issues related to divorce, child support, child custody, property division, alimony, adoption, marital agreements and more.

Request A Consultation

The Law Office of Richard Lybarger serves families throughout Houston and the surrounding communities of Sugar Land and the Houston metro area. Schedule an appointment today by calling 713-678-0658 or emailing me through my contact form.