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Family ties are thought to be the most private and enduring relationships in society. As most can attest, however, these relationships are rarely free from conflict. When domestic issues cannot be solved within the home, the courts seek to restore order and provide a fair solution for all parties involved. For many, family law is thought to be synonymous with divorce proceedings. However, divorce is just a small part of family law which covers a broad array of domestic issues including adoption, premarital agreements, paternity and child support issues.

When legal action is necessary to resolve familial matters, it is essential that you entrust your most private matters with a compassionate and knowledgeable family law attorney. Michael M. Youngberg has been practicing family law for his entire career. Mr. Youngberg started his career working with the Texas Office of the Attorney General in the Child Support Division. After his time with the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Mr. Youngberg went into private practice working exclusively in family law in Denton County and Collin County, Texas. Mr. Youngberg is dedicated to his clients and serves as a good listener, confidant and, most importantly, a professional and knowledgeable advocate for all of his clients during their most difficult times. Please reach out to our office at 940.498.2929 at to set up a consultation today.

Divorce proceedings usually involve intense emotions and significant expense. Mr. Youngberg has helped many client’s from their Original Petition for Divorce through to the Final Decree and he can help you minimize the emotional strain and cost normally associated with these proceedings. Mr. Youngberg handles complex contested and uncontested divorces.

During the divorce proceedings, Mr. Youngberg will work with you to assess all of the assets and debt involved and strive attain the best possible distribution of marital assets. When appropriate, we will work closely with you to guarantee proper financial support through Spousal maintenance or alimony.

As a Father of two boys, Mr. Youngberg knows that the children’s best interests are the number one priority for any parent in a divorce. If you have minor children, Mr. Youngberg will work with you to obtain an order that is in the best interest of your children, including your desired possession schedule, appropriate child support payments and other necessary protections for your children.

Since most Texas courts require mediation prior to any final hearing in in a divorce, Mr. Youngberg will guide you though the mediation process and help you come up with an appropriate strategy to make sure that your interests and goals are met. During this process, both you and your spouse will meet with a neutral mediator to help resolve issues by bringing both parties to agreement on a fair solution. The mediation process helps to avoid some of the nastiness that is often part of divorce and as an experienced attorney, Mr. Youngberg can help you reach your goals while retaining control of the litigation process. Mr. Youngberg is a firm believer in the mediation process and he can help you to navigate it as you attempt to resolve your case in a faster, less costly, and more amicable manner.

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Any time couples separate, it can raise a host of issues for the parties. When children are involved, the resulting issues are even more complex as custody and child support issues come to the forefront. To ensure that a fair arrangement based upon the children’s best interests is reached, you should contact a knowledgeable family lawyer. Mr. Youngberg has extensive knowledge of the child custody and child support laws in Texas and he can help you defend your rights and seek a result the puts your children first.

Mr. Youngberg regularly handles child custody cases and can help you to determine the best custody arrangement for you and your children. He can help you to decide whether or not to seek a custody evaluation, review any custody evaluator’s recommendations, identify the children’s preferences and explain how the laws of the State of Texas and can impact your specific case and family situation. As a local Denton County attorney, Mr. Youngberg has extensive experience practicing in front of each of the district court judges and he can use that experience to help you evaluate your likelihood of success.

Child custody is dual faceted in that it encompasses both the physical and legal custody of the child. Physical custody is where the child resides while legal custody entails the decision making process for the parents including the right to decide education preferences, religious practices, medical treatments and activity involvement. Both of these aspects must be considered during child custody proceedings. Mr. Youngberg will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome preserving your parental rights and protecting the children’s best interests.

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Child support issues are often very important to both parties. Because of how much child support costs the obligated party, and how much it can be worth to the party receiving support setting child support fairly can have an outsize impact on parties’ desire and willingness to relitigate their case in the future. Mr. Youngberg has handled hundreds of child support cases both during his time at the Office of the Attorney General and in private practice. Whether you are setting child support for the first time, modifying an order, or seeking or defending against an enforcement action, Mr. Youngberg has extensive experience handling all aspects of a child support case. 

While child support is generally set using a relatively straightforward formula, there are several factors which may impact the amount of support that the court may order in any given case. Considering the length of time that the average child support order is in place, a small monthly change can add up to hundreds or thousands of dollars difference over the life of an order. Mr. Youngberg has the knowledge and ability to help navigate these exceptions and make your best argument to the court. 

If your child’s other parent has fallen behind on support or you have fallen behind, Mr. Youngberg has the experience to give you the help you need. Call today and set up a consultation to see how Mr. Youngberg can help you resolve these issues in your favor. 

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Domestic violence is unfortunately prevalent in many relationships and may include harassment, assault, or sexual abuse.  If you or someone you love has been physically or emotionally abused by their spouse or another relative, you should contact the police and an experienced lawyer who can inform you of your rights.  Mr. Youngberg will work to obtain a Protective Order from the court to ensure your physical safety if necessary.

In the case of marital abuse, if you wish to pursue a legal separation or divorce in light of the events, Mr. Youngberg can advise you on the best steps to keep you safe and dissolve the marriage as fast as possible while keeping your best interests in mind.

Mr. Youngberg understands the sensitive nature of domestic violence and will strive to provide you with peace of mind throughout the proceedings. Should you require additional support beyond the legal realm, Mr. Youngberg can refer you to other professionals and resources to address all of your needs and begin the healing process.

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Paternity lawsuits may be necessary to determine parental rights, custody or support matters when the identity of the biological father is in question. In these instances, the court will order a genetic test. The results of this test are then used to establish a legal relationship between the parent and child and determine the parties’ obligations to support the child.

These suits may be brought by the mother, the presumed father (in many instances the husband of the mother), the man alleged to be the father, a government agency or the child (if he or she is underage, a representative must act on his or her behalf). Mr. Youngberg is available to offer you legal guidance, assist in filing a paternity suit with the appropriate court or defend you against paternity action.

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While adopting a child can be an immensely rewarding experience, it is often accompanied by a host of legal and bureaucratic complexities. Those who approach the process with the aid of a knowledgeable attorney find that they are relieved of much of the delays and frustration that unfortunately accompany this joyous experience.

Whether you are a couple looking to welcome a new member into your home, a stepparent looking to become the legal parent of a stepchild, or a relative hoping to assume responsibility for a minor in your family, contact Mr. Youngberg to ensure no detail is overlooked. Mr. Youngberg will take the time to explain the entire adoption process to you, assist in the preparation of required documentation, represent you at the adoption hearings, and advocate on your behalf should any challenges arise in the future.

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Family law cases are highly personal matters and they involve the most important aspects of a person’s life. It makes sense then that many people prefer to settle their cases in mediation rather than going in to court and presenting the issues to a judge. No judge, no matter how wise and knowledgeable, can ever know as much about your life and your family as you do. Mediation is a method that people use to resolve their disputes that allows for your personal needs to be heard and considered. 

In a mediation, each party and their counsel will go to a separate room and a Mediator will go back and forth between the parties exchanging offers until the parties either reach a total agreement, partial agreement, or an impasse. If the parties reach an agreement, the case will be settled, though the parties will still need to draft and enter an order with the court. In Texas, a Mediated Settlement Agreement is binding and can only be set aside in very particular and rare circumstances. 

Mr. Youngberg is an experienced mediator and has successfully mediated several cases since he was certified as a mediator in 2016. He has also represented several clients in mediation and will be a strong advocate for your wishes while remaining practical about your likely results in court. Mr. Youngberg works hard to prepare his clients for mediation so that you have the best chance of settling your case favorably. Contact us today to find out how Mr. Youngberg can help you prepare for your best outcome.

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