Chris A. Spofford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Houston, TX

Chris A. Spofford, P.C.
 | 3000 Weslayan, Suite 365
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 346-800-5286
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Chris A. Spofford has been defending the rights of men and women, and protecting the rights of children, in Texas Family Law matters for more than 30 years, including divorce, child custody & visitation, child support, paternity, step-parent adoption, marital agreements, complex property division, domestic violence, and other family law matters. Over that time, he has handled thousands of divorce and Family Law matters. He has distinguished himself during intense courtroom trials as well as by innovating in alternatives to family law litigation, such as divorce mediation and collaborative family law.

Practice Areas

Family Law (100%)

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


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White Papers

  • Same-Sex Marriage Legal Issues (2018) - Property, Divorce and Child Issues Facing Same-Sex Couples The Supreme Court’s landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision in 2015 on same-sex marriage was greeted as a victory for marriage equality, but married same-sex couples are grappling with conflicting state laws pertaining to the dissolution of those marriages and how the courts will apply dissolution statutes and common law to same-sex couples and their children. Community property states, including Texas, view property ownership differently than non-community property states. Same-sex spouses, especially those moving to Texas from a state with different laws, will face obstacles in the event of separation or divorce, concerning property division and spousal support. Contact Chris A. Spofford to learn about your options — and your rights — under Texas Family Law.

  • Child Custody and Visitation Under Texas Family Law (2017) - Child custody means different things to different people. Texas Family Law provides specific definitions for joint custody or “Joint Managing Conservatorship” and sole custody, which is called “Sole Managing Conservatorship.” These titles “joint” or “sole” are not the issue that affects parents’ rights most of the time. What rights are shared between the parties and what rights are exclusive to one party? is the issue that influences a parent’s rights most of the time. Decisions made now will affect your children’s lives for years to come. Chris A. Spofford guides parents through this complex legal maze of child custody and visitation.

  • Texas Legislature - Child Custody Evaluations (2017) - The Texas Legislature closed its biannual session for 2017 and passed several bills that impact Texas Family Law. Here is one: Child Custody Evaluation. The statute dealing with Child Custody Evaluations was revised to provide more protection to child custody evaluators from being liable for civil damages arising out of the evaluator’s actions. Read Complete Legislative Update

  • Child Custody Changes in the 85th Texas Legislature (2017) - The Texas Legislature closed the 2017 session on May 29. Several laws were passed that affect Texas Family Law. Here is one small – yet important – child custody change in the statute that governs modification of an order for the Conservatorship, Support, or Possession and Access to a Child. New language states is that – in cases where no parent has been granted the exclusive right to determine the child’s primary residence (primary conservatorship) – a court may not create a temporary order that has the effect of granting one parent this exclusive right. And also, no temporary order may be created that has the effect of changing or eliminating the geographic area within which a parent must maintain the child’s primary residence. Read Complete Legislative Update

  • About Chris Spofford

    Admitted: 1986, Texas

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    Honors and Awards:

    • Top Lawyer, The Dallas Morning News, 2016
    • Top Lawyer, Houstonia Magazine, 2015
    • One of Houston’s Top Lawyers, HTexas Magazine, 2007-2016
    • Super Lawyer, Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1993; recertified, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Mediation Training, Attorney-Mediator Institute, 1993
    • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, Board Director, 1998-2001
    • Burta Rhodes Raborn American Inns of Court, Member
    • College of State Bar of Texas, Member
    • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member
    • Texas, 1986
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1998

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • First Collaborative Law Practice Group, Houston Area, Member
    • International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Member
    • Houston Lawyer Referral Service, Board of Directors
    • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, Board Member, 1996-2004
    • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, Past President
    • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Member
    • Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Member


    Educational Background:

    • University of Houston, B.B.A., Honors: cum laude, 1981
    Office Location for Chris A. Spofford

    3000 Weslayan
    Suite 365
    Houston, TX 77027

    Phone: 346-800-5286


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    Last Updated: 12/6/2017

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