Family law disputes and other issues can be very stressful, and emotions may be running high. Family law issues have a way of making many people feel isolated and alone. Whether you’re going through a complicated divorce or struggling to come to terms with a co-parent about custody, you deserve support. The Law Office of Brandy Douglas is here for you and your family.
When dealing with issues like property division, custody battles, or spousal support disputes, you should always hire an experienced lawyer. Doing so can help ensure that your and your family’s best interests are represented and protected. Our Denison, TX family law attorney provides reliable, compassionate family law representation across Grayson County.
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In Texas, there are a few different types of divorce processes available depending on the circumstances of your case. The two primary types of divorce are uncontested and contested divorces. An uncontested divorce can be achieved by two means. The first is when both parties agree to all divorce terms, often called an agreed divorce. The second uncontested divorce process is the default divorce, in which one party fails to respond to the divorce petition, and the divorce is granted by default.
The contested divorce process is used in cases where the divorcing parties cannot agree on all divorce matters. Even if you and your spouse only disagree on one aspect of your divorce, you must go through the contested process.
Child Custody & Support Representation
If you and a former partner share children together, you likely will need to establish a custody and child support agreement with the Texas Family Court. Many people initiate these orders as part of their divorce process. While child support is typically determined based on Texas’ child support guidelines, child custody decisions are based on several factors.
Factors considered when making child custody determinations:
- The relationship the child has with both parents
- Which parent the child spends most of their time with
- Which parent is responsible for which parenting duties
- The ability of both parents to provide a stable, safe home for the child
- The child’s preference, if they are old and mature enough
- Whether there have been any instances of abuse or neglect
However, the overriding principle of the courts is to ensure that the child’s best interests are preserved. As such, the courts do not privilege one parent over the other or mothers over fathers. Generally speaking, Texas courts do their best to make custody decisions that will help preserve the child’s relationship with both of their parents in a meaningful way. Consequently, most divorced parents have joint managing conservatorships.
If you and your child’s parent were not married, you can still establish custody and support orders with the court, but your process will be slightly different. In Texas, the courts automatically award physical and legal custody to the mother when the child is born. To assert an unmarried father’s parental rights and/or legal responsibility for his children, paternity must be legally established first.
Why You Should Always Work with a Skilled Attorney
When dealing with issues like property division, custody battles, or spousal support disputes, you should always hire an experienced lawyer. The family court system can be complicated and navigating through these issues can be incredibly challenging on your own. Hiring an attorney can help ensure that your and your family’s best interests are represented and protected and that all aspects of your case will be handled correctly. Our Denison, TX family law attorney provides reliable, compassionate family law representation across Grayson County.