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Attorney Shane McFarland is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  As a mark of excellence, board-certified lawyers earn the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law. In fact, they are the only attorneys and paralegals allowed by the State Bar of Texas to do so.

Comprehensive Services

Family law matters can be challenging and involve significant emotional and economic uncertainty. With a courteous, confident, and professional approach, we’re ready to help you through this difficult time as efficiently and effectively as possible. Receive an accurate and honest assessment of your case, a clear plan of action to get you what you deserve, and a lasting appreciation for a law firm that’s dedicated to you—every step of the way.

Counties Served

By serving the family law needs of Central Texans throughout Travis and Williamson counties, our goal is to bring civility and dignity to the legal process and provide courteous and professional help to families seeking to resolve legal situations. We serve these communities and the individuals seeking consultation within them with as little expense and emotional turmoil as possible without compromising results.

Family Matters.

Family law is an evolving legal practice area that is influenced by statutory changes, appellate case law, accounting standards, and even social sciences. We regularly comment on the latest rulings, news and developments in our Family Matters blog.

Practice Areas

From the wide-ranging issues of divorce to the delicate nature of child support and child custody, McFarland Law Firm, P.C. focuses on a variety of issues and cases dealing directly and indirectly with matters of family law.


A Texas divorce involves both the division of the parties’ property and, if children are involved, child custody and child support.


Child Custody

Child custody may be initially rendered in a Divorce or a Suit to Establish the Parent Child-Relationship, which is a custody case between unmarried parties.


Child Support

A child support order may be initially rendered in a Divorce or a Suit to Establish the Parent-Child Relationship, which is a custody case between unmarried parties.


Spousal Support

Spousal support may be awarded in cases where the parties have been married more than 10 years or a spouse has been convicted of or received deferred adjudication for a crime of family violence.




Mediation is a non-binding confidential settlement conference at which a neutral mediator is present to help you and your spouse reach a final settlement of your case.



Grandparent Visitation

Grandparents have the right to file a lawsuit for visitation and managing conservatorship of a grandchild in certain circumstances OR if both parents consent to the grandparent filing a suit.



Domestic Violence

The Texas Family Code has special provisions for relationships where domestic abuse has occurred or is alleged.



Parents have a right to have their prior custody and child support orders reviewed when there has been a change in circumstances.




Paternity of a child may be initially determined in a Divorce or a Suit to Establish the Parent-Child Relationship, which is a custody case between unmarried parties.



Interstate Issues

When a child custody case involves individuals in different states, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) determines jurisdiction.



Hague Convention

International child abduction and child custody is governed by the international treaty of the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.



If a parent has not complied with an order for possession and access to a child or an obligation to pay child support, and that parent does not have a valid defense, then the Court may fine or jail a non-compliant parent.


Family Matters

Latest rulings, news and developments from R. Shane McFarland and industry-wide experts.

Child Support in Uncertain Times

With the pandemic causing fluctuations in child support, the issue of income averaging has been a more frequent issue.  Below are some cases that address this in addition to a portion of the family code that provides guidance. When a trial court is presented with a...

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Post Separation Adultery

One of the most common questions new client’s ask is "Can I start dating now that I have filed?" My usual response is that’s not going to preclude the other side from bringing it up, involving your new relationship in the suit, or alleging it’s been going on prior to...

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Beware the Default Judgement – Part 12

Here's another case that shows you always need to present some evidence at a default judgment, this time for child support. The case is In re R.G.A.C.L.G., No. 05-19-00846-CV, 2020 WL 4281953 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2020, no pet. h.) (mem. op.) (07-27-20). During the...

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