FAMILY LAW

CONSULT A KNOWLEDGEABLE DIVORCE ATTORNEY IN HOUSTON OR SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES

The Kingsbury Law Firm is committed to helping our clients achieve their objectives, and we have the experience and skill to help them navigate through the emotionally taxing and intellectually complex issues that can arise in a divorce. We represent clients in Harris County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, and, Fort Bend County. Please call us at (832) 315-0070 or contact us via our online form to start discussing your situation.

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DIVORCE

In order to sue for divorce in Texas, either your spouse or you must have lived in the state continuously for the six months prior to filing. One of you must also have been a resident of the county where you are filing for at least 90 days beforehand. In Texas, there is a waiting period of at least 60 days after the petition is filed before the divorce is finalized, but most divorces take six months to a year to be completed, depending on how many issues are contested. Texas allows no-fault divorces, although in some cases, a spouse's assertion of fault, such as adultery or cruel treatment, can influence property division. The Kingsbury Law Firm can help you determine the appropriate basis for your divorce and make sure that the required procedures are followed.

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CHILD CUSTODY

Child custody is also known as conservatorship in Texas. Conservatorship includes the right to talk to doctors and other health care providers about the child, the right to access medical, psychological, and educational records, the right to get information from the other parent about the child's health, welfare, and education, the right to discuss your child with school officials, and the right to consent to emergency treatment. When the parents can agree to a custody plan, the court usually will simply approve the written settlement agreement. Often, however, the parents disagree about child custody. There is a presumption in favor of joint managing conservatorship in Texas, but in some cases, a parent can prove that sole managing conservatorship is in the best interests of the child.

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CHILD SUPPORT

Both parents are financially obligated to support a child. The court will usually order child support according to the Texas guidelines, which calculate support based on a parent's monthly income with certain deductions subtracted. Generally, a noncustodial parent pays child support to a custodial parent. The child support order may last until the child is 18 or until the child graduates from high school, whichever falls later. Alternatively, if a court emancipates the child or if the child is emancipated through marriage, the child support obligation may terminate. If you are concerned about the amount of child support that you need to receive or that you are being ordered to pay, you should consult the Kingsbury Law Firm.

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PATERNITY

Paternity is sometimes in doubt. It may be necessary to establish paternity in order for certain rights and obligations to become clear. Paternity suits in which paternity is determined through a DNA test may be brought so that a biological father can secure visitation rights, or a mother can secure child support from a father who is unwilling to pay. In some cases, it is necessary to bring a paternity suit, but paternity can also be established through a signed acknowledgement of paternity form or through presumption. The presumption is that somebody is presumed to be the father of a child when the mother and he are married and a child is born during the marriage or within 300 days of a divorce. A presumption can also be established when someone marries the biological mother after the birth of the child and voluntarily claims paternity or represents to others that a child with whom he lives for the child's first two years is his.

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MODIFICATIONS

After a divorce, the ex-spouses' situations may change significantly. Sometimes a divorce decree or child custody arrangement should be modified. Whoever is asking for a change should retain a Houston divorce lawyer to seek the modification before the situation becomes such that he or she cannot comply at all. In order to obtain a modification of a child support order, for example, you usually need to prove a material and substantial change in circumstances. Such a change might exist, for example, if you were in an accident and became disabled such that you could no longer work and therefore could no longer pay child support.

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ENFORCEMENT OF COURT ORDERS

Often, it becomes necessary after a divorce to enforce court orders related to child custody, child support, or alimony. Parents are not allowed to stop paying support because the other parent has not allowed them to visit with the child. Similarly, a custodial parent cannot withhold possession and access rights because the other parent is in arrears on child support. Instead, an enforcement proceeding should be brought with the help of an experienced divorce lawyer in the Houston area. It may be appropriate, for example, to request an order for contempt of court, which can result in a jail sentence of up to six months and a fine.

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PREMARITAL AND POSTMARITAL AGREEMENTS

The Uniform Premarital Agreement Act is in effect in Texas. Under this law, a premarital agreement needs to be in writing and signed by the affianced people before they marry. Both people are supposed to disclose their debts and assets before signing, and they must be signing the agreement in contemplation of marriage. Premarital agreements and postmarital agreements can change default property rights, so it is crucial for each partner to be fully apprised of the other's financial situation. There are certain conditions that can result in an agreement not being enforceable, such as an unconscionable agreement or involuntariness.

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COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Divorces often become acrimonious, but they do not need to be. At the McClure Law Group, we are experienced in using alternative dispute resolution methods. Collaborative law is an alternative method that emphasizes the creation of a safe environment in which the spouses can express and resolve conflicts without going to court. This approach limits hostile communications, which is particularly important in families with vulnerable children, and it often concludes cases more quickly than litigation does. It also protects privacy in a way that protracted court battles do not.

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APPEALS

There is a narrow window of time within which you can appeal a divorce decree or other court order. In most cases, you must file an appeal within 30 days of the divorce decree or judgment being entered, so it is important to consult us right away if you may be interested in appealing. The parties have limited grounds on which to appeal a divorce decree. Often, cases are reviewed for an abuse of discretion, which means that the court acted arbitrarily or without reference to the proper laws. If there is substantial proof to support a lower court’s order, however, there is no abuse of discretion. Our law firm is very familiar with the standards used by Texas appellate courts. We can determine whether you have a solid basis to appeal and represent you in an appeal as appropriate.

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1300 Bay Area Boulevard

Suite B150-27

Houston, Texas 77058

Telephone: (832) 315-0070

Fax: (281) 946-5455

Contact us at:  info@kingsburylawfirm.com

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1300 Bay Area Boulevard

Suite B150-27

Houston, Texas 77058

Telephone: (832) 315-0070

Fax: (281) 946-5455

Contact us at:  info@kingsburylawfirm.com

Service Only:  service@kingsburylawfirm.com

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