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Family Law In Houston
The Ramos Law Group has a long-term track record of placing our client’s needs before our own. If you are looking for a firm willing to aggressively and strategically drive each case to resolution with your best interest in mind give us a call. A Houston family lawyer from our group will be there to answer your questions.
Whether your case involves enforcement of child support or visitation orders, modifications, or even the termination of parental rights, the Ramos Law Group has the skills and resources to aid you with your desired goals. Take a look at some of the Houston family law issues the Ramos Law Group handles.
Adoptions involve the termination of parental rights by one or both of the biological parents of a child, and the assumption of these rights by another party. Adoptions require strict adherence to technical legal requirements and you will need an experienced Houston family law attorney who knows all relevant Texas laws to ensure that this complicated process goes right.
An amicus attorney is an attorney whose job is to represent the best interest of the child. The attorneys at the Ramos Law Group have experience serving as amicus attorneys appointed by the court and working with many of the established amicus attorneys in Harris, Houston and surrounding counties.
Attorney General Cases
The Office of the Attorney General manages child support in Texas. This office has the ability to bring cases of its own motion, or to intervene in a pending case involving child support. The OAG often tries to encourage agreements, but it is important to know your rights by consulting a Houston family law attorney before making any such accord.
Parents in Texas are either named joint managing conservators or sole and possessory managing conservators of their children. Regardless of the type of conservatorship, one parent is usually given the right to designate the primary residence of the child. This is the parent who the child lives with most of the time. Under Texas law, family law court awards this right based on the best interest of the child.
If you want custody of your child, or want to better understand your rights as a parent, the Ramos Law Group can help you understand the factors used in determining custody and can help you win custody of your child by placing the right Houston family law attorney on your case.
The Texas legislature has created strict guidelines regarding how much child support the non-possessory parent should pay every month. An experienced Houston family lawyer can help you accurately calculate guideline child support and can review your unique situation to determine if your child qualifies for above guideline support.
Choosing a Houston Family Law Attorney
Choosing the right family law attorney for your case is critical to its success. At the Ramos Law Group, our team exclusively practices family law, and their experience and focus will help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Collaborative Family Law
Collaborative family law is process in which both spouses hire the same attorney and work together toward a resolution. The Ramos Law Group does not perform collaborative divorces because we believe the divorcing spouses necessarily have conflicting interests. What is good for one spouse in a divorce is not good for the other. We recommend that each spouse hire separate legal counsel, so that he or she can receive objective legal advice about their individual best interest.
Contested divorces occur when the parties cannot reach an agreement regarding one or more issues in a divorce. Ramos Law Group can guide any Houston family or individual looking to achieve the best outcome in this case.
A divorce, or dissolution of marriage, occurs when one or both spouses seek to break the marriage contract. Texas allows both no-fault and fault divorces.
Divorce by Publication
A divorce by publication occurs when one spouse wants a divorce, but does not know the location of the other spouse. The divorce can go forward without the missing spouse so long as the proper steps are taken to attempt to find the spouse and to publicly post notice of a pending divorce.
Enforcement of Child Support and Visitation Orders
Court orders regarding payment of child support or visitation schedules can be enforced by contempt. If your child’s other parent fails to pay child support or fails to allow you to see the child when your previous order says it is your time, they can be fined or put in jail for their failure to comply. The Ramos Law Group has experience with Houston family law and can bring and defend enforcement actions.
High Net Worth Divorce
A high net worth divorce differs from other divorces, as complex division of property issues are likely to occur. The Ramos Law Group has the experience and capacity to effectively manage cases with complex property division issues.
Modifications of Child Support, Custody and Visitation
If a previous order related to your children is no longer working for your family, under Texas family law it is possible to modify or change that order. Modifications are allowed if one party can prove that a material or substantial change has occurred since the last order, or that the previous order is no longer workable for the parties.
In cases where the parents of a child are not married, the father must be adjudicated before any orders regarding child support, visitation and access, and conservatorship can be made by the court. Many courts require DNA testing even when both parties agree to the identity of the father.
Premarital agreements are designed to address issues of property division that may occur in a divorce prior to the parties’ marriage. Discussing finances with your future spouse is critical to having a successful marriage and some people feel that it strengthens their marriage to document these discussions in writing. Premarital agreements can only address property issues; future children of the parties cannot be included.
In order to be granted a protective order, the victim must prove a history or pattern of family violence and a likelihood that family violence will occur in the future under Texas family law. Protective orders have broad ramifications on other types of family law proceedings in Houston, especially any pending case involving custody or access to minor child.
In certain cases under Texas law, one spouse is ordered to making monthly payments for the support of the other spouse. Usually, the parties must have been married for at least ten years, or one spouse must be disabled, for courts to order spousal support after the divorce is finalized. Temporary or interim spousal support is more common, in which one spouse makes payments for the support of the other spouse while the case is pending. Ask your family lawyer in Houston how spousal maintenance may affect you.
Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship
A suit affecting the parent child relationship gives conservatorship, visitation, and support rights and duties to both parents of a child when those parents are not currently married to each other.
Termination of Parental Rights
In order for a child to be adopted, the parental rights of one or both parents must be terminated. Parental rights can be voluntarily relinquished in some cases, or can be involuntarily terminated if good cause is shown.
Under Texas family law, and in Houston, Temporary Orders determine child custody and property use issues while a case is ongoing.
Temporary Restraining Orders
Temporary Restraining Orders are put in place to insure that both spouses act in good faith while the case is pending. They prevent either spouse from making any large changes regarding the parties’ property or children for a certain period of time.
Uncontested divorces are divorces in which both spouses are in agreement on all issues and one spouse agrees not to hire an attorney.
Visitation and Access
It is important that all parents have a clear and enforceable schedule for when they will see their children. There is a standard possession order in Texas the serves as a guideline for the minimum amount of visitation each parent should have. There are also many creative possession schedules that may work for your family. A Houston family lawyer at Ramos Law Group can help you decide which is best for you.