Part of Killeen, Texas
for More than 25 Years

Attorney Bobby Dale Barina

In private practice since 2000, and specializing in Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Visitation, DWI, and more, Bobby Barina is a top-notch attorney in Killeen and central Texas.

Killeen Divorce Lawyer Bobby Barina

Raised in Texas. Educated in Texas. Practiced in Texas. Experienced in Texas law. Familiar with Texas people.

A true Texan,  Mr. Barina states, “I will work diligently to pursue the most favorable resolution possible for your case.”

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Residents of Killeen who have questions about divorce or are seeking general information about the divorce process should contact divorce lawyer Bobby Barina.

Divorce is not a process to contend with by yourself. The best advice anyone could give you is to hire an attorney who will fight for you alone. Hire an attorney with board certification in family law who also focuses in divorce matters. Hire a divorce attorney with a proven winning strategy. Hire Bobby Barina.

Mr. Barina personally relates to individuals threatened with divorce and custody issues as he has been through his own divorce. He knows the difficulties you will contend with from the opposition. He will be by your side every step of the way until the final decree, and even beyond, if needed.

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Experienced Divorce Attorney in Killeen, TX

Divorce Modification Expert in Killeen Texas

If you need a modification to your existing final divorce decree, Bobby Barina has the knowledge and expertise to manage these matters. Contact Bobby Barina Law for more information.

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With a caring heart and listening ear, Mr. Barina will gather details, investigate and document evidence, and develop a case designed to help you reach the goals you have in mind.

You might be the one initiating the divorce process, or on the receiving end of a petition for divorce. This emotional time requires you to take a non-emotional position in order to gather information and prepare your case.

Taking pictures, getting copies of financial information, closing mutual credit or debit accounts, gaining access to medical records, and talking with your children’s teachers about custody issues are open concerns for a person dealing with divorce.

Property Division Battles in Divorce

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Ensure you receive the fairest division of your personal property and financial assets in your divorce. Team up with a lawyer who will sift through your holdings records to help you determine where to pick your battles over items of equal desire.

Team up with Bobby Barina.

DWI Lawyer Protecting Your Rights in Killeen

Bobby Barina’s vast experience also includes criminal law as he is a former prosecuting attorney. Even today he still handles criminal offenses such as DWI and DUI charges for the folks in Killeen and surrounding areas.

A DWI conviction can taint your life for a long period of time. For the best chance at a minimal punishment, invoke the services of a DWI lawyer as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to hire an expert who can set the wheels of a proper legal defense in motion to shield your rights.

Child Custody Concerns in the Killeen Area

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Spending time with your children is your right as a responsible parent. Divorce should not stand in the way of this important part of your or your kid’s lives. That’s why a favorable visitation schedule is crucial for a healthy parent-child relationship.

To protect your parental rights or achieve the child custody status you desire, seek the professional services of family law attorney Bobby Barina.

Central Texas Family Law Attorney

Serving more than 1500 clients in the central Texas area, Bobby Barina has more than 25 years of experience in family law protecting the rights of mothers, children, fathers, and grandparents.

Parental rights of equal custody and visitation are not a guarantee in divorce situations. The Texas Family Code expresses guidelines of whatever is in the best interest of the child(ren) be followed. Make sure you have an expert to rely on for accurate advice and guidance.

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Divorce Mediation Available in Killeen

Mediation can often be a benefit in a divorce. A divorce mediation attorney is well trained and highly experienced in helping couples work through conflicts, saving time and money in the long run.

A good mediator will direct the topic of discussion one item at a time, maintaining control of the conversation during the process. This will keep the couple on track, cutting down on time and possible arguments, as well as achieving a quicker resolution of issues, avoiding the delay of waiting for court dates.

Mediators often schedule appointments to assist clients who are employed by offering evening or weekend hours.

Bobby Barina is a certified mediation attorney. He offers expert level skills to clients who want to try mediation as a first measure in their divorce.

Legal Services for Military Families
in the Killeen Area

Killeen Texas is the home of Ft. Hood, the largest military base in the world. Killeen residents, including Bobby Barina, are proud to support US military personnel and their families, who protect the rights of US citizens.

Mr. Barina is also experienced in representing service members in legal cases that include divorce, child custody when a conservator parent is deployed, DWI, and DUI.

Answers to Common Questions
from a Legal Expert in Killeen

  • Do you have to prove fault for wanting or getting a divorce in Texas?
  • No. Simply not wanting to be married is an acceptable reason for filing for divorce in Texas. There are accepted reasons recognized in Texas law for petitioning divorce that include abandonment, adultery, confinement in a mental facility, cruelty or domestic violence, a felony conviction, and living separated for three years or more.
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  • Should I be the first to file or should I let my spouse take that step?
  • It is your decision as to who will file the petition, but there is one major advantage to taking the first step, primarily, you get to go first in every other step that follows. Beyond the fact that you have made the decision itself to divorce and you are ready to proceed, you gain the upper hand if you are the petitioner as you are the first to request the ex parte orders from the court. This order sets the terms for the first 10 days of the petition until you go to court. It’s an important position when it comes to scheduling decision throughout the process.
  • What is a Standing Order?
  • Texas judges and courts establish a set of guidelines for a couple when one has filed for divorce. This is referred to as a “Standing Order” and both parties must abide by them. The guidelines usually state what the couple can and cannot do with assets, bills and expenses, shared children, or the current family home.
  • What is shared parenting?
  • Shared parenting is typically described as a plan that provides both parents the best of quality and quantity time with their children, keeping in mind what is in the best interest of the minors. The best shared parenting plan considers many elements for who will make basic decisions for the daily needs of the children i.e. education, medical needs, religious preferences, etc. In addition, a detailed schedule of visitation times indicating hours and days of the week, holidays and vacations, special events, and times and locations of pick up or delivery of the kids. Other factors of shared parenting involve additional expenses not covered in monthly child support. Unforeseen medical costs; activities like sports, dance or music; special supplies; etc., can amount to more than child support covers. A child’s age will often steer these expenses. Toddlers vs. teens have different needs at different costs. Consistent rules between households help children adjust. Keeping the same schedule for bed time, when to do school assignments, similar chores, limitation for TV or computer use, and how punishments are handled, can minimize behavioral problems when kids go between homes. Parents should agree on how they will communicate to each other as well. If there is a good rapport, phone calls are the best and quickest method. If there is a negative attitude between parents, using a friend to assist or professional mediator may be necessary. It is good to consider the effects of one parent moving away, such as for work or military service. If you discuss this in advance, you will be prepared in the event. Bobby Barina knows the best way to put together a successful shared parenting plan. He is an experience and capable family law attorney.
  • What is discovery?
  • Discovery is the gathering and sharing of evidence and information regarding a case. There is formal and informal discovery. Discovery comes via depositions of witnesses and interrogatories are gathered from interviews and information from written questionnaires. Discovery is usually used during a court trial to show positive or negative facts about a party, which thereby favor the other party. In a divorce, evidence from discovery may be submitted as part of determining the division of assets or child custody and visitation.
  • Does Texas require a trial separation?
  • No. In fact, a couple can be living under the same roof and still petition for divorce. The day of the filing of the petition would be considered the first day of intended separation, after which begins a “cooling off” period of 60 days before a divorce can be finalized.
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  • How is a DWI charge defended?
  • Everyone has a right to a defense even if they are guilty. It is never a good idea to give up and accept the punishment without a complete investigation to make sure your rights were not violated in the process of your arrest. It is not uncommon for mistakes to be made by a law enforcement agent, and this is to your benefit. Hiring a lawyer who has worked in the DWI courts for many years is the best first step to defending yourself against this charge. It will not be glamorous and the courts do not show much mercy in such cases. However, you can have a good defense to lessen your chances of the maximum punishment. Attorney Bobby Barina has the depth of knowledge to give you the best defense possible if you are facing DWI in Killeen, Texas.
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  • Is it better to mediate or go to court for a divorce?
  • If both parties are agreeable, mediation is a terrific option and is welcomed by the courts. If one party is uncooperative, mediation is out of the question. Both parties must present a mature attitude and be able to remove the emotional context involved in the process. As well, any opposing attorney must keep the other party well-informed of their options or mediation will not be successful. The advantage of mediation is that it can save a couple money by reducing the amount of time needed with a lawyer and decrease the amount of time it takes to work through the details of issues such as property division, finances, or child custody. As an experienced mediator, Bobby Barina can guide a couple through the mediation process maintaining a neutral, positive, and professional environment that allows for more progressive negotiations and successful solutions.

For seasoned, expert legal help in the Killeen and Central Texas areas, contact Bobby Barina.

Bobby Barina, Esquire – Professional Biography

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Education

Graduate of University of Texas, School of Law in Austin, TX, JD Degree in 1991
Graduate of University of Mary Hardin Baylor, in Belton, TX, BBA in 1988
Graduate of Temple Junior College, Temple, TX, in 1986

Certified Legal Specialties

Board Certified in Criminal Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1996; Recertified in 2001, 2006, and 2011.
Board Certified in Family Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2002; Recertified in 2007, and 2012.
Board Certified in Juvenile Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2001; Recertified in 2006, and 2011.
Family Law Mediation Course, Approved by Texas State Bar in 2010.

Professional Associations and Memberships

Bell/Lampasas/Mills Counties Bar Association — Director, 1998 – Present
Texas Academy of Board Certified Family Lawyers — 2001 – Present
Texas Family Law Foundation, Member — 2007 – Present
Clean Area Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association — President, 2007 – Present
Bell County Bar Association — Member
State Bar of Texas; Sections: Criminal Justice, Family Law, Juvenile, Appellate — Member

Recent Awards

Received “Texas Super Lawyer” Status in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
Voted “Best in Central Texas” by the Killeen Daily Herald in 2014 and 2015

Recent Publications

“Family Law Temporary Hearing in Texas”, Lawline CLE (Continued Legal Education), June 2015
“Texas Uncontested Divorce”, Lawline CLE, June 2015
“Texas Uncontested Divorce”, Lawline CLE, September 2013