Philips & Epperson Attorneys LP

Philips &  Epperson Attorneys LP

Our devotion to provide exceptional legal representation is centered on our commitment to our clients.

Firm Overview

Philips & Epperson Attorneys, L.P. is a well-respected law firm serving North Texas including Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Grayson counties. Our firm's mission is to provide a practice that thrives on professionalism, trust, and integrity. We provide our clients with the most stringent and satisfactory legal services possible. At Philips & Epperson Attorneys, L.P., we maintain the highest possible standards of ethical and moral conduct in our practice.
The attorneys at our firm are dedicated to achieving the desired results for you, the client. The key elements of success for Philips & Epperson Attorneys, L.P. are understanding of clients' legal needs and providing a responsive service. When a mutual agreement is nonexistent, the attorneys actively fight for our clients' best interest.

Main Office

Main Office
2301 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney
McKinney TX 75071

Phone

(972) 562-9440

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

NO

Hourly Rates

Varies per attorney

Office Information

Office Hours

8:00-5:00

Office Manager

Jennifer Goodman

Languages Spoken

English

Family

Our devotion to provide exceptional legal representation is centered on our commitment to our clients.

Charles Philips, Board Certified, Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Areas of Practice:
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Other Family Law Areas, this firm also handles additional family law matters, such as:
-Adoption
-Domestic Violence
-Family Violence
-Grandparent Access/Visitation
-Modification of Child Custody
-Paternity
-Protective Orders
-Stepparent Adoption
-Supervised Visitation
-Termination of Parental Rights

Divorce

Results define our firm

Divorce
Divorce is never easy. Our attorneys understand how even the most amicable of divorces can take an emotional toll on the divorcing spouses. When a divorce is highly contentious, it can be even more difficult. We are committed to helping each of our divorce clients go through this transition with compassion.
The first thing to know is that divorces inevitably take time. Texas law requires a 60-day waiting period starting with the initial filing of the petition until the entering of the divorce decree that finalizes the divorce. During this time, the spouses can prepare for the divorce by identifying all property and debts that must be divided by the court and trying to determine a schedule for child custody, if they have children. The parties should also enter into temporary orders that will control access to property and set temporary child custody and support arrangements. The court may also have to enter a temporary restraining order to prevent one spouse from accessing property or spending money if waste or fraud is likely to be an issue.
If the terms of the divorce are agreed by both spouses, the judge may enter a decree in accordance with the divorcing spouses' agreement. If there are any contested issues in the divorce, these issues must be resolved by the parties (often at mediation) or they may be tried to a judge or jury. Issues that must be resolved by agreement or by a trial include: property division, debt division, spousal support, and any issues involved if the divorcing couple has children, such as conservatorship as well as possession and access.

Property Division
Although Texas is a "community property state," marital property is rarely divided 50/50 between the spouses. Several factors will be taken into consideration including: the amount of separate property each spouse has; the earning power of each spouse; fault in the decay of the marriage; which spouse will be the primary conservator of any children; plus other factors that are relevant to the specific case. Generally, however, the community property division must be "just and right."
It is up to each spouse to prove what property is actually his or her separate property. Separate property includes any property owned by a spouse before the marriage as well as any property that a spouse is given or inherits during the marriage. All other property is presumed under law to be community property, even if one spouse was the primary manager of that property. All community property may be divided by the court, but the court cannot divest either spouse of his or her separate property.

Debt Division
In addition to dividing up the assets of the marriage between the spouses, the divorce court must also apportion the debts. Sometimes one spouse can prove that certain debts were incurred on the credit of the other spouse. This may influence the division of debt. Ability to pay by either spouse may also influence the division of debt.

Child Custody

Results define our firm

Child Custody
Under Texas law, what people generally think of as "child custody" is actually a combination of legal concepts: conservatorship and possession and access, which are very closely related. The best interest of the child is the governing standard for decisions of conservatorship, possession, and access. Child custody orders may be later modified by the court upon a showing of a significant change in circumstances by either parent.

Conservatorship
Texas family law includes managing conservators and possessory conservators. Managing conservators can make important financial, schooling, and medical decisions, while possessory conservators have little authority to make such decisions but do have the right of possession and access.
Remember that there does not have to be one managing conservator and one possessory conservator for each child. Both parents could be managing conservators, and Texas judges will often order this arrangement (called joint managing conservatorship) unless there are reasons not to, particularly if it is not in the child's best interest. But it is important to know that even if the court awards names both parents as joint managing conservators, there will still be one parent that has the power to determine where the child resides.

Possession and Access
Possession and access are closely-related issues that are often referred to jointly as "visitation" by the general public. Visitation schedules are ordered by the judge either according to the standard possession schedule set by law, by agreement of both parents, or by considering certain factors including: how close the parents live to each other; what the child's schooling and extra-curricular schedules are; the work schedules of each parent; what religious holidays each parent observes; when spring break occurs; etc.

In some cases, when it is in the best interest of the child to do so, the court may limit one parent's possession and access or even require supervised visitation. This may occur, for example, if one parent has been charged with family violence or has serious drug and alcohol addiction problems.
It is important to understand that child custody and child support are two separate issues. For this reason, one parent may not refuse to allow the other parent to see the child even if that parent is behind on child support payments. Similarly, a non-custodial may not withhold support payments because of the custodial parent's blocking access to the child.

Child Support

Results define our firm

Child Support
Child support is an obligatory monthly payment made by the parent without custody of the child. Child support payments are handled through the Texas Attorney General's office. Any unofficial, undocumented, or informal payments not made through the AG's office do not count towards the child support obligor's payments.
The amount of monthly child support payments is usually determined by applying a formula outlined in the Texas Family Code. The judge may also take other factors into account to increase or decrease the child support award from the statutory amount. These factors include a comparison of each parent's income and each parent's obligations; whether the non-custodial parent is also supporting other children; whether either parent is deliberately unemployed or underemployed; whether the non-custodial parent is incurring a lot of travel time and expenses; whether the custodial parent has significant personal resources, etc.
The obligation to pay child support continues until the child turns eighteen or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. Furthermore, the non-custodial parent may be required to continue making monthly child support payments for longer if the child is disabled. There is no requirement that the child's parents have been married in order for one parent to owe child support to the other. For this reason, it is possible to have a SAPCR (suit affecting the parent-child relationship) lawsuit regarding child support (or child custody) without having a divorce case.

Child Support Modification
The family law court has the power to modify the amount of child support payments on the motion of either parent. For example, if the non-custodial parent is unable to afford the support payments as ordered, that parent may request that the support obligation be modified downward. The parent must prove a significant change in circumstances in order to justify the modification. Another example would be if the custodial parent wanted to request a modification. This might happen if the child has increased expenses, such as for extracurricular activities or if the child develops a disability that requires more care.
Remember, if you are the obligor of child support and you cannot afford your payments, you should seek a modification as soon as possible because unpaid support arrearages will continue to accrue and are subject to interest.

Enforcement of Child Support
If you are supposed to be receiving child support from your child's other parent, and that parent is not paying or not paying the entire amount, you will need to ask the court to enforce the child support order. Child support may be enforced by reducing the arrearages to a money judgment and/or by holding the obligor in contempt of court.
Furthermore, failure to pay child support could result in the court-ordered garnishment of the wages and/or checking account(s) of the obligor. An obligor who fails to pay child support as ordered may also face the suspension of his or her driver's license or even his or her professional license.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

While each case comes with vastly different facts, law, and individuals, one thing remains the same: each case has been handled with legal excellence at the informed direction of our clients. Each client is an individual and brings his or her own unique goals, desires and concerns. We never forget that we work for you. We will take the approach to each matter that is best suited to your goals and desires and advise you of the challenges that will come with any strategic path that you may choose, including settlement or a trial. Each path has its pros and cons and we want you to rest assured that the attorneys at Philips & Epperson Attorneys, L.P. have traveled each path with multiple clients. While no one can predict the outcome of a case when the ultimate decision is left to twelve jurors or one judge, you can rest assured that because we have been trying cases and working with judges day-in and day-out for more than 23 years, we are well prepared whether your case leads you to a trial by jury or trial by judge.
Being involved in legal action can be stressful and emotionally draining. We wish that we could carry your problems and emotions for you and simply return this case to you once it is resolved; however, no one can carry a client's problems and emotions for them. We can, with the help of everyone at our firm, make this less difficult legally, emotionally, and financially.
We hope that we will have the chance to meet and visit with you about your needs. If we can help you, we will. If we cannot, we will do our best to find someone who can. If we do not meet you, then thank you for your time in visiting our web site and we wish you the best. Should we cross paths in the future, we would be pleased for you to introduce yourself.

Charles Philips*

Philips &  Epperson Attorneys LP

Partner

Member:
*Board Certified, Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
-Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
-State Bar of Texas
-Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas
-McKinney Chamber
-Leadership McKinney Alumni
-American Bar Association
-Collin County Bar Association

"We'll stand by your side throughout this experience and be available to you to help understand the process and procedures involved in the legal matters that you are now faced with. Allowing a client the greatest input in a matter will reduce the amount of legal work necessary and will ultimately keep more money where it belongs, with you."

About me: I was raised in a small town in East Texas then studied architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. From there I went on to law school thinking that someday I would represent architects in a niche practice. In law school I realized I enjoyed the courtroom and would prefer to be in a general practice helping everyday folks. I like to describe our firm as trial attorneys. I decided to settle in McKinney in 1994, at that time McKinney was a small town that was the county seat of a large county. We've grown since then, as well as, my family and our firm. I have two daughters and could go on all day about the them seeing how they are my hobby and favorite leisure time activity, yet we're here to help you, right? I believe that our firm has been widely accepted by the general and legal community here in McKinney, and we are very thankful for the acceptance. I still wear a cowboy hat to the courthouse each day as I'm honored to be a part of this great state and hope that my work will pay back some of what life has brought to me and my family. We also stay active in the community and our church to give back to God and the community for all that we have received. Our favorite weakness is children and our firm donates to local children's charities, as well as, participating on the local scale in programs benefiting children.

License

Bar Number: 00784760
Texas, 1992

Education

University of Texas at Arlington
Master of Archictecture, 1990

University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1987

St. Mary's School of Law
Juris Doctorate Degree, 1992

D. Brandon Epperson

Philips &  Epperson Attorneys LP

Partner

Member:
State Bar of Texas
Family Law Section
Juvenile Law Section
Collin County Bar Association
Plano Bar Association
McKinney Chamber

As with most individuals viewing this website, you are looking for an attorney or firm that can assist you in your personal or business needs. As a client you should expect personalized, responsive, efficient, and high quality work from your attorney. In most cases, the legal counsel that you choose will be assisting you in making decisions in an area which you have little or no experience. In choosing the right firm for you or your business, you should be confident and comfortable with the decision you are making. You should find someone that you are comfortable speaking to and someone that is able to listen and communicate with you. We strive to reach each of these expectations in our practice and daily dealings with clients.
I take great pride in the fact that our past and present clients have entrusted our firm to assist them with their legal affairs. Each member of our staff realizes the personal nature of the services that we provide and the emotions that are often inextricably intertwined.
I hope that you allow us to assist you, as we have done for so many others.

License

Bar Number: 24032157
Texas, 2001

Education

Baylor University School of Law
Juris Doctorate Degree, 2001

Tarleton State University
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude, 1998

Blake Landon

Philips &  Epperson Attorneys LP

Associate

Member:
State Bar of Texas
Family Law Section
Collin County Bar Association

License

Bar Number: 24102058
Texas, 2016

Education

The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts in Government, 2013

Baylor University School of Law
Juris Doctorate Degree, 2016

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