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At the Ramos Law Group, PLLC we take pride in our quality of service and our passion for family law. We differentiate ourselves from other divorce lawyers in Houston by always placing our clients’ needs before our own.
During the initial consultation, our family law attorneys will put you at ease by answering all of your questions, creating an action plan and giving you the tools to place yourself in the best position possible. Call us today to schedule an initial consultation.
When you’re seeking a divorce lawyer in Houston, there are many unknowns that can be stressful and potentially financially draining. However, your questions and concerns can be quickly laid to rest by simply contacting and speaking to one of our exceptional Houston family law attorneys of the Ramos Law Group, PLLC. Our attorneys practice divorce and family law exclusively, are dedicated to achieving the best possible result in every family law case.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Exceptional Representation in Family Law, Divorce, Custody and More
- Who gets custody of the kids?
- Who gets the house in the divorce?
- Will I have to spousal maintenance?
- Will leaving the house affect my claim on the property?
- Who will run our business during the divorce?
A Top Child Custody Lawyer in Houston
Can a Child Decide Who They Wish to Live With?
While children cannot make a final decision on who to live with, a child who is 12 years or older can execute an affidavit through a child custody lawyer stating who he or she wants to be his or her managing conservator. The purpose of this affidavit is to inform the judge of the child’s election and is not binding on the judge. Additionally, a child older than 12 may be allowed to speak with the judge about his or her preferences regarding living arrangements going forward.
How do I Decide Whether to Seek Sole or Joint Custody?
One of the experienced child custody lawyers in Houston at Ramos Law Group can help you decide whether to file sole custody or joint custody. Texas law presumes that all parents will be granted the title of joint managing conservators. The presumption may not apply when issues such as drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or domestic violence affect the children. In those instances, one parent may be named the sole managing conservator and the other parent will be named the possessory conservator.
The title given does not necessarily affect the other issues pertaining to the children. Regardless of the title, both parents will be awarded certain rights and duties to the children, and both parents will be awarded periods of possession with the children. It is important to discuss the specifics of your case with an experienced child custody attorney in Houston prior to making this decision. Suits affecting the parent-child relationship are our specialty.
Are Parenting Classes Required in Custody Cases?
Many courts require parents to take parenting classes when custody is an issue. There are many court-approved courses online and in person. However, Ramos Law Group’s child custody lawyers in Houston recommend that all clients verify that the preferred course is acceptable to the court in question.
Please keep in mind that some courts do not accept online classes and/or have a few select providers they prefer. As a rule, call the court and verify before registering.
The link below provides a list of court-approved courses:
Child Custody Houston – Court Approved Parenting Classes
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Get in touch with a child custody attorney in Houston today to learn more about your rights as a parent, and the various options available to you. Contact Ramos Law Group.
Houston Property Division Lawyer
Top Property Division Lawyers
Ramos Law Group has a team of expert lawyers well versed in all aspects of divorce, including property division. Learn more about the process of property division during Texas divorce here from our experienced attorneys.
What Happens to Our Property?
Texas is a community property state. All property acquired during the marriage is community property and is equally owned by both spouses regardless of whose name is on the property or who pays which bills. During a divorce, all community property must be fairly and equitably divided. Often, a fair and equitable division means a 50/50 split. A couple may have a contested divorce in order to come out with a greater share of community property.
There are several factors that could cause one spouse to be awarded more than half of all community property. Property owned before marriage is separate and not part of the marital estate. Separate property is not divided in a divorce.
If you think you may have a complex property issue, discuss your concerns with a Houston property division lawyer at Ramos Law Group for more information on local regulations and all other details.
What is Separate Property?
Separate property is property that is wholly owned by only one spouse. Frequently, separate property is property that was either owned by the spouse before marriage, acquired by gift or inheritance, or part of certain types of legal settlements.
Working with Experienced Property Division Lawyers
The team at Ramos Law Group has years of experience working through many different types of divorce and property division proceedings. Contact our property division attorneys today at (713) 597-8915.
Alimony – Spousal Maintenance and Support
Get The Spousal Support And Maintenance You Deserve
In a divorce, one party may request a monthly alimony payment, also known as spousal maintenance or spousal support. Alimony is usually made by one spouse to another after the finalization of a divorce.
There are two types of maintenance: chapter 8 alimony and contractual support. Chapter 8 alimony references the section of the Texas Family Code establishing eligibility and is usually court ordered. Contractual spousal support is based on the agreement of the spouses.
What are the qualifications for receiving alimony?
In order to qualify for court ordered support, the spouse in need of alimony must meet the statutory requirements, including:
- That they are a spouse.
- That they lack the ability to provide for their own reasonable needs.
- They meet ONE of the four statutory requirements below:
The spouses have been married for at least 10 years and the spouse seeking alimony does not have the ability to support themselves.
The other spouse was convicted of family violence within the two years prior to a suit being filed.
The spouse is unable to provide for themselves due to an incapacitating mental or physical disability.
The spouse is unable to provide for themselves because they is providing care for a disabled child of the marriage.
Seeking Expert Advice
If you need alimony advice, or you’re preparing for a divorce, reach out to the Ramos Law Group today for help from lawyers with years of experience in family law. Contact us at our Houston office at 713-561-5198.
Find Help With Motions Protective Orders in Texas
Texas Protective Orders
Allegations of family violence are all too common in divorces and custody disputes. If violence or the threat of violence is present in your family, the Texas Family Code authorizes three different types of protective orders. All types of protection orders have serious consequences on family law cases.
What is a Texas protective order?
A protective order is a court order protecting a victim of family violence from future violence or threatening contact. A motion for a protective order is filed by a victim or their attorney. These orders are enforceable by civil and criminal contempt, which means that a party can be jailed if he or she violates the order.
Temporary Ex-Parte Order
A temporary ex-parte order is granted without a hearing when there is clear and present danger of family violence, and goes into effect for 20 days. This order is designed to protect a victim until a hearing can be held regarding a final motion from the judge.
Magistrate’s Emergency Order
A magistrate’s emergency order goes into effect when a person is arrested for family violence or related crimes. This type of protective order is in effect for 31 to 61 days. It is also designed to protect victims until a more permanent order can be put into place.
Final Protective Order
A final order is granted after a hearing in which the evidence shows that family violence has occurred in the past and is likely to occur in the future. This order stays in effect for two years.
Divorce for Business Owners
A Texas divorce can be complicated on its own, but owning a business, whether it is a small, home-based business or a multi-million-dollar company, adds another level of complexity to any division of property. The Ramos Law Group, PLLC is well-versed in handling cases for business owners and other high-net-worth cases to maximize the amount of community property awarded to our clients.
Many of the clients who come to us for help with a divorce are business owners or executives in companies of all sizes, including in industries such as real estate, commercial construction, and oil. At the Ramos Law Group, PLLC, we listen to your needs, address your concerns relating to owning a business, identify points of contention and develop an exit strategy for your marriage while focusing on the goal of maximizing your division of assets.
Here are important details to consider in a Texas divorce with business equity on the line.
2. How Will the Business be Divided?
The relevant factors for dividing business equity in Texas divorce include the value of the business, the other community assets to be divided, who owns/runs the business, and the community debts to be divided.
Most business owners prefer to compensate the other spouse for their share of the community assets rather than selling or dividing the business. This can be done by compensating the other spouse with a larger share of other marital assets: more equity in the home, more cash, post-divorce support payments (alimony) instead of large cash value. If this is the strategy for a business owner, it is vital to provide the legal team representing the business owner a full inventory of all assets and debts, so the legal team can best strategize a compensation plan.
Another option to resolve divorce with business equity involved would be to sell the business outright and split the proceeds between the parties. This often is the least desirable method, as parties who have spent considerable time and effort building up their business are often loathe to sell it. This method is often utilized when the parties absolutely cannot agree on a division, and there are not enough assets to adequately compensate a party for their community interest.
There is another often-underutilized option – dividing the company in an equal manner. If both divorcing spouses are business owners or play an integral role in the company and want to remain in their roles post-divorce, the parties could award the business in a 50/50 manner and both continue as joint owners. If the parties do not get along well enough to remain married to one another this option can be a potential minefield, but is an option to consider.
Our Client Testimonials
The decision to end my 25-year marriage was not an easy one, but hiring the Ramos Law Group was. From the initial consultation to the execution of the Divorce Decree everyone at the firm displayed the utmost professionalism and I was treated as if I was their only client. My attorney Lindsey, always provided precise legal guidance, was usually one step ahead of the opposing counsel, and had a superb understanding of how things would play out in the court room. Additionally, whenever my case needed a little extra horsepower, Mary provided that "surge" to keep things on track.
"Ms. Ramos and her entire staff worked with professionalism and compassion to guide me through the most difficult time of my life and to an outcome that was best for my family and myself. Ramos Law is incredible and I highly, highly recommend their services."
"I was recommended to see Mary Ramos for my on coming custody case,it was the best thing I could've done honestly.The Ramos law group was quick with emailed responses and telephone calls,informative with ANY questions I had and they also took action with what they thought would work,which it did,I had money troubles and they were still willing to help they sent me with a younger lawyer Lindsey Lewis to help save some money and she was the best!She knew what she was doing and Mary was still on my case to make sure things went smoothly and to catch any details Lindsey and I might have missed.All in all I am a very satisfied client and if I ever needed a family lawyer again I would come back.My case was won as I received primary for my daughter which is exactly what I asked for.If you're willing to listen to what they have to say and follow their guidance they're definitely worth hiring.I thought I wanted sole custody for my daughter and they explained that wasn't in the best interest for her and honestly they were right,they speak to you on a professional level and also a real level of how things are actually going to work and what could happen if you take a certain action.They definitely care about their clients and make their own bond with you,you're not just money in their pockets you turn into family. "
"I received excellent advice and representation from Ms. Lindsey Lewis. She kept me updated at every step of the process, and I never felt as if my case was set aside. I would hire The Ramos Law Group in the future. "
"I started my divorce with a lawyer who was not very responsive. My divorce case was complicated and needed more laborious scrutiny. Since the case was not moving forward I had to switch lawyers. Made the switch to Ramos Law group. Since the very first day Mary and her team have been very efficient and meticulous. Since the case was complicated the team had to go through myriads of pages in discovery. I was pleased with the legal team that helped us handle the paperwork in a very timely manner. All my questions were answered very promptly. The relay of information was easy with their software system. We finally had a law firm that we could trust. My divorce was finalized and I only have Mary and her team to thank for going through a difficult divorce. I would highly recommend the Ramos law group for their help and support for getting my life back on track. "
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Divorce Tips & Common Questions
It is our goal to provide you with the information you need to make the best possible decisions for you and your family. The attorneys at the Ramos Law Group, PLLC are dedicated to continued legal education in order to remain the best family law attorneys in Houston, and we believe that our clients should have access to up to date and thorough information as well.
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