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Fort Worth Family Law and Divorce Lawyers

Our attorneys have over three decades of experience handling family law matters ranging from divorces to adoptions.

We know how important it is to find the right attorneys for your case, who have the experience and resources to put you in the best possible position. For this reason, the first hour of our consultations – over the phone or in person – are generally free.

Our practice areas include:


Child Custody

Child Support

Contempt Proceedings

Property Division



Spousal Support and Maintenance

Grandparents Rights

At the core of the VS Family Law Group is a father-daughter team who are known for their successes in and out of the courtroom. Steve Bankhead and Deborah Bankhead earned their reputations one client at a time by striving to be the best divorce attorneys in the area. Steve built his career on his experience as a litigator. He is at home in a courtroom, but he’s also a practical negotiator. Deborah Bankhead is no stranger to the courtroom and is a compassionate family law attorney, who knows how to match her skills to each client’s goals and interests.

Meet Our Attorneys

Steve Bankhead

Deborah Bankhead

Fort Worth Divorce Lawyers
Divorce, custody battles, and property division can be some of the toughest times a person goes through. As if the emotions weren’t enough, going through the court system – even in an amicable divorce – can be difficult. Children, property, out-of-state and international relocation are just a few examples of how the dissolution of marriage can quickly become more complicated.

The attorneys at Varghese Summersett Family Law Group focus on seeking the best possible outcomes for their clients. They have a client-first approach that begins with getting to know their clients during a free consultation.

There is an old adage that a divorce can be as expensive as you want to make it, and there is some truth to that. This is why understanding a client’s goals is so important. Some marriages can be brought to an end amicably, and the goal is to do so as efficiently as possible. In other instances, both parties are at odds, and it is a take-no-prisoners, scorch-the-earth battle for which you must prepare. Fortunately, the attorneys at Varghese Summersett Family Law Group have experience handling both extremes and everything in between. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for family court, and the firm’s attorneys have proven their results in and outside of the courtroom.

Varghese Summersett Family Law Group is a full-service family law firm. The firm’s practice areas include Divorce, Property Division, Child Custody, and Adoptions. The attorneys are relentless litigators with a breadth of experience in family courts. The firm is known for the following:

While most cases do not go to trial, having significant trial experience sends a message to opposing counsel: We’ve taken cases all the way to trial, and our results speak for themselves. Even for cases where agreements are reached, the willingness to walk into a courtroom and advocate effectively for clients goes a long way.

Client Connection
The attorneys at the firm pride themselves in the connections they make with their clients. They are selective about the cases they take so they can give their clients the best of their talents.

Access to our Attorneys
The firm is known for how accessible the attorneys are to their clients. Whether it is an “after hours” phone call or a secure message through our Client Portal, the attorneys at the firm know that being accessible to their clients is one of the key distinctions they have from many other attorneys.

Team Approach
Our Fort Worth divorce lawyers work together as a team, combining their knowledge and experience to find the best solutions efficiently. This also means their clients always have someone they can reach out to.

The firm has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. The firm’s reviews, accolades, and community involvement all reflect the firm’s dedication to putting their clients first while seeking the best results.

Guidance, Not Pressure
The firm’s attorneys are here to guide you through your decisions, but we recognize the decisions are yours to make. If you realize during our consultation that counseling and reconciliation might be what’s best for you, and that’s happened, we won’t steer you towards a divorce. We want an open and honest dialogue with you, and if it turns out we can help you through the family courts, we will do so with the best of our talents.

Mediation is sometimes a cost-effective solution to divorce, custody, and child support. Many family courts require mediation (or at least an attempt at mediation) before a court-ordered resolution. Our attorneys are adept at protecting their client’s interests aggressively and with integrity both through the mediation process and through litigation, should that become necessary.

Going through a divorce is a major undertaking and we know you will have questions about the legal and financial implications of your decisions. We are here to walk you through those. The implications can become exponentially more complex if there are significant assets to protect. We are experienced at doing just that. These are areas of law that can be intimidating, even for attorneys who are inexperienced, because making a mistake can be devastating. Asset division in high net worth divorces requires the experience and resources to seek specialized discovery and utilize trained experts. We are experienced in handling the division of business interests, real estate, stock options, and trust. We are also experienced in drafting Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) to divide funds at a future date.

Valuing businesses and investments takes command of the law and financial acumen. We have both. You do not have to, and should not, face the challenges in family court alone. Put our experience to work for you.

Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to handle the most difficult and significant cases while maintaining the agility to resolve less complex case successfully in a cost-effective manner.

Collaborative divorces are an alternative to litigation and mediation, but it is not for everyone. Collaborate divorces are handled privately. Each side with the lawyer picks a neutral financial consultant and a neutral counselor or mental health professional. As the name suggests, the process is collaborative. Everyone is working towards the same goal and everyone is looking for a win-win settlement. Both parties sign a participation agreement and agree to abide by certain rules during the collaborative process. A settlement is negotiated and once it is in place, the lawyer jointly draft a Divorce Decree and Agreement Incident to Divorce. The attorney and client will then prove-up the divorce to a judge. In many instances, a collaborative divorce can be less expensive and provide greater privacy than a litigated divorce.

Clients often come to the Varghese Summersett Family Law Group for a consultation when they have been served with divorce papers or when they are contemplating filing for divorce.

During our initial consultation, we will gather facts about your case. What brought you to us? Have you been served with divorce papers? If so, what was going on before you were served? Perhaps, most importantly, we will assess your goals.

If you a contemplating filing for divorce, we will talk about what you want to see change and your ideal outcome. We will apply the law to the facts and your goals to discuss what we can achieve and the proof that will be required to reach those goals.

Once we know what you hope for and have outlined a way to reach those goals, we will discuss the costs of moving forward. The cost of a divorce can range from $2,500 to five or six figures depending on a number of factors including how amicable or contested the divorce is, the nature of the estate, custody, and division of business assets.

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