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Charles Emmerich Hardy

also known as Charles Hardy

About me

I am a San Antonio Divorce attorney who specializes in divorce and family law matters. I understand how incredibly traumatic the divorce experience can be. Change is difficult. I strive to timely resolve your case in as prompt and efficient a manner as possible. I'll work persistently to insure that the delays of our opposition, intentional or not, do not stagnate your legal process.


If you need a high caliber attorney with a thorough understanding of the law, and you want a man of integrity, proud of his reputation and the respect of both judges and fellow attorneys, then I am eager to assist you.


I am confident of my professional capability, but I am not one who is pompous or aloof, like those who return calls "later in the week." In fact, I may be the most accessible Family Law attorney in San Antonio. My clients have my office number, my mobile number, and even my home phone number. When I'm not available, my calls are usually returned the same day.


I handle all types of divorces, from the simple uncontested  divorce to the most complex divorce. I will aggressively represent your interests to obtain any and all relief. My practice is predominantly in the city of San Antonio, but I am often called to Kendall, Comal, Kerr, Guadalupe, and other surrounding counties.


I can quickly and accurately assess your divorce, child custoday or other case and present you with informed options and clear insight upon which you can base an educated decision. Once you clearly understand your position, you'll be able to decide how best to handle your case and you'll know what to expect.


Charles E. Hardy


  • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


  • 30+ years focused on family law issues. Unlike many lawyers who may never see a courtroom or who have very limited courtroom experience, I have tried many cases.


  • Extensive knowledge of the law and legal procedure. I know how to protect your rights and obtain the best results for you.


  • I Maintain in excess of  required C.L.E. seminars and credits to keep abreast of the latest changes to the law. We're proud that H.H.Z. is the San Antonio firm attorneys call when they have legal questions regarding family law.  Note that I attend more classes than the state bar requires and as an expert in family law topics, I am often called upon to teach these seminars to divorce lawyers across the state. 


  • Ability to accurately assess a case and present clear options and insight upon which to base an educated decision as to how best to handle your case and what to reasonably expect.


  • Energetic, knowledgeable and aggressive in protecting client rights under Texas divorce law.


  • I am committed to protect your best interest, whether you need a divorce attorney because you have been served papers, or you would like to consult with a qualified divorce lawyer.


  • Keen understanding of the complexities of the divorce process and Bexar County Court System. I will work within the system to protect you in your case.


  • Services offered to attorneys and clients on a consultation or retainer basis; "of counsel" to the legal profession in the trial and appeal of divorce, support and custody matters, and in the preparation of settlement agreements and pre-nuptial agreements. Whether I'm hired individually or to help your attorney, I will represent your interest aggressively, to the full extent of the law.


  • Highly dedicated to clients. I believe that being easily accessible is crucial to both client and attorney. If I cannot be reached immediately, I usually return calls same-day. I enjoy talking with and helping my clients, so communicating is not a difficult thing for me to do.


  •  Practice areas include Divorce, Matrimonial and Family Law, Complex Divorce, Child Custody and Visitation, Relocation, Child Support and Alimony Proceedings, Enforcement and Modification Proceedings, Contempt of Court Proceedings, Paternity, Domestic Violence, issues surrounding Best Interest of Children, and Interstate as well as International Child Abduction and Custody Matters. 


  • My Goal is to help you find the very best solution to the issues you face.


  • Personal interests include golf (but not good at it), travel with my family and enjoying  group cruises with my clients throughout the Caribbean, Alaska and the Mediteranian.  I also enjoy speaking and attending Family Law conferences.


  • Please feel free to call me directly if I can help at (210) 561-4029 (My Office Direct Line)   




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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
    32 years, 1.7 thousand cases
  2. Child Custody: 20%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Child Support: 10%
    32 years, 400 cases
  4. Family: 10%
    32 years, 1.7 thousand cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Karen L. Marvel

    Charles Hardy is one of the outstanding lawyers in Texas. His skill and dedication to his clients is evident from the glowing reviews he received here. We oppose each other, we work together on occasion and we work to produce continuing legal education for the local and State Bar. He not only works very hard for his clients but he volunteers his time and energy to help train other lawyers.


    Karen Marvel Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • George Louis Legrand

    I Have known Charles for many years and have both worked with him and observed him in Court. Charles is devoted to his clients and handles every situation with absolute professionalism. I endorse Charles without hesitation.


    George Legrand Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht LLP

12000 Huebner Rd
Suite 200
San Antonio, TX, 78230-1204


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198408/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
SuperLawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2015
Best of Family Lawyers - 8 years runningScene in SA Magazine2015
Super Lawyer 2006-2015Texas Monthly Magazine2015
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2006
President's AwardSan Antonio Bar Association2005
Pro Bono AwardAmerican Bar Association Journal2005
President's AwardSan Antonio Bar Association2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerHigdon, Hardy & Zuflacht LLP1998 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Family Law FoundationBoard Member2013 - Present
State Bar of TexasFamily Law Council Member2008 - Present
International Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMember2006 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMember (Past President) - Texas Chapter 2009-20102004 - Present
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsMember (Past President 2013-2014)1989 - Present
San Antonio Family Lawyers AssociationPresident2002 - 2003
San Antonio Family Lawyers AssociationPresident1996 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Relocation CaseMom and children allowed to move to Corpus.
Custody WinJudge allowed move
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Publication nameTitleDate
San Antonio Bar Familiy Law SeminarTop 30 Tech Tips for the Advanced Family Law Office2012
UT Parent Child SeminarBizarre Divorce Cases and Unique Solutions2010
Texas Bar CleBizarre Divorce Cases and Unique Solutions2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Marys University School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1983
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawBusinessOther - Bachelors1981
Southern Methodist UniversityJournalism and Mass CommunicationOther - Bachelors1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of Texas Annual MeetingIndispensable Tips for All Family Lawyers: From Basics to Advanced Ideas2015
Marriage Dissolution SeminarFair Attorney Fees Practices2015
Advanced Family Law CourseEssential Office Protocols for Family Lawyers2015
Advanced Family Law CourseEssential and Efficient Office Protocols for Every Family Law Office2015
Advanced Family Law CourseFair Fees to Clients2014
Marriage Dissolution SeminarFairness in Judge's in Chambers Interviews2013
Advanced Family Law SeminarSuccessful Mediation Practices2013
Advanced Family Law Course - Boot CampSuccessful Billing Practices and the Mutual Fairness Doctrine2013
Advanced Family Law CoursePreparing and Presenting your Custody Case Using Technology2012
UT Parent Child SeminarBizarre Divorce Cases and Unique Solutions2010
Advanced Family Law CourseProtocols and Advanced Technology2010
2010 Parent-Child Relationships Seminar,“ADR Is NOT A 4-Letter Word!, Hot Tops for Successful Litigation Alternatives2010
Parent-Child RelationshipsCase Law Update2009
On Campus LectureHow to Maintain Your Financial Relationship with Your Client,2009
Mid-Year MeetingCo-CLE Director, 2009 , March 17-21, 2009, Kauai, Hawaii2009
Marriage Dissolution InstituteDisproportionate Divisions2009
Advanced Family Law CourseCreative Mediation2009
Advanced Family Law CourseAnalyzing Your Property Case2009
35th Annual Advanced Family Law Course,Analyzing Your Property Case: A Prequel to Characterization, Valuation and Division of the Marital Estate,2009
2009 Parent-Child Relationships: Critical Thinking for Critical IssuesCase Law Update2009
Family Law Section SeminarMaximizing Results at Mediation,2008
Advanced Family Law SeminarPractice in the Trenches – Show Me the Money – Your Financial Relationship with Your Client”,2008
34th Annual Advanced Family Law CourseDo I Look Like I’m Negotiating?”, Creative Mediation Techniques Panel,2008
31st Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute“Electronic Evidence Panel”2008
Family Law Section SeminarThe Mysteries of Family Law: Ten Must Know Procedures2007
2007 Family Law SeminarThe Mysteries of Family Law: 10 Must Know Procedure & Evidence Tips,2007
Ultimate Trial Notebook Family LawProving Attorney’s Fees (Ways and Means),2006
Mid Year MeetingStandard of Value-How to Determine the Value of An Entity,2006
Family Law Section SeminarCo-Course Director, “Extreme Makeover”,2006
Family Law Section SeminarInnovative ADR Litigation Options2006
20th Annual Trial Institute;Litigation Alternative – Collaborative Law2006
San Antonio Bar SeminarDiscovery and Evidence: What I’ve Forgotten Since Law School!2005
Corpus Christi Bar Association Family Law Section,Make More Money - Play More Golf! Increasing Billing Efficiency & Client Satisfaction!,2005
Advanced Family Law Course,Evidence and Discovery2005
Use of Discovery at Trial – Ultimate Trial Notebook,Use of Discovery at Trial – Ultimate Trial Notebook,2004
San Antonio Bar Association Family Law Section SeminarExtreme Billing Makeover - Successful Billing Practices and the Mutual Fairness Doctrine2004
San Antonio Bar Association, Family Law Section SeminarNew Year’s Resolutions for Successful Billing Practices! (40 Rules to Making More from your Practice),2004
San Antonio Bar Association Family Law Section SeminarPlaying By the Rules – Using the Rules of Civil P rocedure, The Rules of Evidence and the Family Code to Bolster Your Child Custody Case2003
Advanced Family Law Drafting Course - New Orleans, LouisianaApplying Procedural Tactics to Enhance Your Client's Case,2002
Texas Family Law PracticeApplying Procedural Tactics to Enhance Your Client's Case2000
San Antonio Family Lawyers Association LuncheonU. S. Enforcement of Mexican Decrees, San Antonio, Texas.1999
The 30th Annual Marriage Dissolution InstituteAttorneys Fees Ways and MeansN/A